Brendan Rodgers ‘is Tottenham’s first choice successor to Jose Mourinho’ despite boss stating his commitment to Leicester and saying he was grateful he didn’t join Spurs in the past
- Tottenham are planning to make a swoop for Brendan Rodgers this summer
- Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is trying to persuade the rest of his board on him
- RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is also a top target for the north London vacancy
Tottenham are planning to make a shock swoop for Brendan Rodgers this summer, according to The Sun.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is trying to persuade the rest of his board that the Leicester manager is still a suitable candidate to lead the club, after they sacked Jose Mourinho last week.
They are seventh in the Premier League and face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, with former midfielder and current academy coach Ryan Mason put in charge until the end of the season.
Tottenham are planning to make a shock swoop for manager Brendan Rodgers this summer
The club sensationally axed Jose Mourinho last Monday with Ryan Mason now in charge
Tottenham said they will then appointment a permanent manager in the summer, suggesting their target is already in a job at another club.
And according to The Sun’s report, Rodgers is their top target.
He turned some of the Spurs board sour nine years ago after he rejected an approach made by them and said he had a ‘close shave’ by not taking charge of the club and moving to Merseyside to take charge of Liverpool.
‘A close shave. They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was the history,’ he said after rejecting the club back in 2012.
‘They’d had 11 managers in 18 years there so for someone like myself, I needed to create something; I needed to go to a club that was going to give us that opportunity.
‘I am more than happy with the choice I made to come here and hopefully in time it will prove to be the right one.’
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is trying to persuade the rest of his board on Foxes boss Rodgers
But the Foxes boss has now emerged as a prime target for Mourinho’s replacement, who was sensationally axed amid the European Super League drama on Monday.
Amid his recent success at the King Power and following Mourinho’s exit, Rodgers dismissed links between him and the Spurs vacancy.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is also a top target and in the mix for the vacancy, but Bayern Munich are also keen on the German tactician.
Tottenham chairman Levy has been a long-time admirer of Rodgers after he tried to lure him to White Hart Lane in 2012 when he was in charge of Swansea.
After snubbing the north London club, the Northern Irishman moved to Anfield as he took charge of the Reds before moving to Celtic – where he won two Scottish domestic trebles.
He returned to England and took charge at Leicester in February 2019 and has turned them into a Premier League force.
Rodgers guided the Foxes to their first FA Cup final in 51 years where they will face Chelsea at Wembley next month.