Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly eyeing Roberto Mancini and Graham Potter as possible options to replace Antonio Conte and alternatives to Mauricio Pochettino.
According to The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur have identified a few managers who can take over from Antonio Conte if the Italian decides to leave, with former boss Mauricio Pochettino leading the race. Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and current Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter are the other two tacticians on Tottenham’s radar should they fail to land Pochettino.
Conte has recently been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, who look set to part ways with Pochettino. The Argentine, like many other managers before him, failed to lead PSG to the UEFA Champions League title even after the arrival of Lionel Messi.
The French giants have reportedly decided to move on from Pochettino and are on the lookout for a new manager. Conte has emerged as a managerial candidate for them along with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. Tottenham are hoping that Pochettino will join them in case Conte decides to move to PSG.
Recent reports had claimed that Conte offered himself to Les Parisiens, but the Tottenham boss denied any such contact with the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions. The former Chelsea boss clarified that he has not approached PSG over a possible appointment ahead of next season but did not give clarification over his Tottenham future.
“Obviously, I think it’s good that other clubs appreciate my work,” Conte said during a press conference. “But the truth is that I don’t like when people try to invent news – only to speak, only to create problems. This is not right. Not fair for me, for the clubs involved and for my players. The people that want to tell something about this have to show respect for all the people involved in this situation and not invent fake news and tell a lot of lies.”
Nevertheless, Tottenham are still preparing for life without the Italian should he decide to leave. Mancini has previously led Manchester City to the Premier League, while guiding Italy to the UEFA Euro 2020 title. But his Italy future is up in the air following the nation’s inability to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
On the other hand, Potter has impressed during his time with Brighton in the Premier League. The former could be considered a short-term appointment with immediate results in mind, whereas Potter will be an appointment for the long run. It remains to be seen, however, if Conte does end up leaving Tottenham after joining them just last November, and if Spurs turn their attention away from Pochettino.