Tottenham will step up their pursuit of Celtic boss Ange Postocoglou next week after being further impressed by the coach, according to reports.
The north London side are still on the search for a new, first-team manager after Antonio Conte’s dramatic departure in March.
Spurs have held talks with a number of candidates but, after Arne Slot recently committed his future to Feyenoord, they’ve been down on their luck in negotiations.
However, that may all change very soon as the club prepare to step up their chase to land the Australian coach – who recently clinched the Scottish Premiership title.
According to the Evening Standard, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to be impressed with Postecoglou and is now happy to move forward with discussions.
The same outlet claim that Levy’s incoming chief football officer Scott Munn – who is also Australian and knows Postecoglou personally – is an advocate of the coach.
Last month, Spurs announced that ‘Scott will be joining the Club’s Board and will take charge of all footballing departments’ after chairman Daniel Levy announced the review during following the release of the club’s financial accounts.
Munn was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of City Football Group in China back in 2019 and had previously worked for nine years with A-League side Melbourne City FC as their Chief Executive Officer.
Melbourne City FC are rivals with Melbourne Victory, the club where Postecoglou spent a year before taking the Australian national team job.
The 57-year-old forged an impressive career throughout his time in Australia and Japan before eventually arriving at Celtic in June 2021.
Since then, he’s already clinched back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles. Their most recent title win was secured by a 5-0 win over Aberdeen.
Despite his successes in Scotland, the Aussie coach was not Tottenham’s first choice coach to come in over the next few months.
Instead, Spurs held talks with Vincent Kompany, Xabi Alonso and Arne Slot. All three managers turned down a move in favour of staying at their respective clubs.
Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch recently critiqued the club’s negotiation process and suggested their search for a manager had become an ’embarrassment’.
‘It’s a really difficult one, Crouch said. ‘They’ve had so many people in the running and then ruling themselves out, it’s become a little bit of an embarrassment to Tottenham.
‘When you think of how big the club is and the training facilities, the ground, the players and no one seems to want it.
‘There are some good candidates left, Ange Postecogolu looks to be the one at the moment but I would have thought it would be Roberto De Zerbi myself.’