Tottenham report: Spurs dealt blow as managerial candidate ruled out of job

Antonio Conte
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte looks dejected during his side's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tottenham are unlikely to be able to prise Roberto De Zerbi away from Brighton, according to reports.

Spurs could be on the lookout for a new manager as early as Monday, with Antonio Conte on the brink of the sack.

This has been an underwhelming season for the north Londoners, and Conte's public criticism of the team and the club after last weekend's 3-3 draw with Southampton has left him in danger of losing his job.

Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi, manager of Brighton & Hove Albion,applauds the club's fans (Image credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

"Because they are used to it here, they are used to it. They don't play for something important, yeah," he said when asked why Spurs kept surrendering leads.

"They don't want to play under pressure, they don't want to play under stress. It is easy in this way. Tottenham's story is this.

"Twenty years there is the owner and they never won something but why? The fault is only for the club, or for every manager that stay here."

Harry Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane could leave the club at the end of the season (Image credit: Getty)

Julian Nagelsmann is one man who has been linked with the job following his sacking from Bayern Munich, while Mauricio Pochettino could return for a second spell in charge.

Tottenham are also thought to be considering De Zerbi, who has made Brighton Champions League contenders this season.

But they could struggle to land the Italian, who is only a few months into his tenure on the south coast.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte during his side's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa on January 1, 2023.

Tottenham could soon be looking for a new manager, with Antonio Conte's future in doubt (Image credit: Getty Images)

According to Team Talk, Brighton will resist any attempts from rival clubs to snap up De Zerbi.

That stance is only reinforced by the fact that the Seagulls have already lost one manager this season, with Graham Potter joining Chelsea in September.

Tottenham will therefore have to look elsewhere in their search for a new head coach, should one be required.

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After Bayern Munich appointed Thomas Tuchel, Ryan Mason is the surprise frontrunner to be the next Tottenham manager.

Harry Kane is prepared to force through a move away from Spurs this summer, reports say.

And Tottenham are considering a move for Wojciech Szczesny as they seek a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).