Tottenham hero Jamie O’Hara thinks Daniel Levy is a ‘problem’ for the club as they eye Julian Nagelsmann. The north London giants ruthlessly sacked Antonio Conte this week, with the Italian departing just 18 months after his arrival. And though Mauricio Pochettino remains linked, he doesn’t appear to be the frontrunner for the post at the current moment in time.
Tottenham are targeting Nagelsmann in the wake of his departure from Bayern Munich last week, with Thomas Tuchel replacing him at the Allianz Arena.
While he’s admired, however, O’Hara thinks Levy represents a ‘problem’ when it comes to making the 35-year-old their next manager.
“The only problem you’ve got if you appoint Nagelsmann is the philosophy and mentality of the club is still the same,” he told Grosvenor Sport.
“Because they’ve had top managers in the past – Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino – and they didn’t win trophies.
“Something’s got to change at the actual football club otherwise it doesn’t matter what manager you bring in, you’re not going to get the results that you want.
“Daniel Levy needs to get the right people in the club with players, recruitment and the manager.
“The whole mentality of the club has got to be better. Spurs sign too many average players, give them long-term contracts and they aren’t worthy of them or good enough.
“If you want Nagelsmann or Pochettino to come in, it’ll be a tough ask for them to turn the fortunes of the club around.
“But they are still top managers, so they’ll need to get the best out of the players and get it right. Spurs aren’t a million miles away from it.”
O’Hara thinks Nagelsmann is the best manager Tottenham can get, insisting the German would represent an upgrade on Pochettino.
“I’d love Spurs to get Julian Nagelsmann, he’d be an unbelievable appointment,” O’Hara said.
“He’s a top, top manager. Bayern Munich were mad to sack him. He was only one point behind Borussia Dortmund, he had a 70% win ratio, he won every Champions League game and was in the quarter-finals.
“I think it was a crazy decision to get rid of him. He’s the best young manager in the world and I’d love him to go to Spurs.
“Tottenham have to go and get one of Nagelsmann or Mauricio Pochettino. That’s it, no-one else.
“Nagelsmann, for me, because he’s become available, he has to be the number one target. A manger like him doesn’t come along very often, so Spurs should do all they can to try and get him.
“If not, they’ve got to bring in Pochettino, because he knows the club, he knows what it’s about, he’s still got the love with the fans, the fans still love him and I think him coming back would bring that feel-good factor.
“But how long does that last? If he’s not getting backed, and he’s not bringing the right players in, things can turn sour quickly.
“But for me, they are the only two managers Spurs should be looking at.”
O’Hara also believes hiring Nagelsmann would give Tottenham a shot at keeping Harry Kane, too.
“Harry Kane still has a year left on his contract so he has the power in terms of being able to see his contract out,” O’Hara said.
“He will look at it at the end of the season and Daniel Levy will look at it from a business point of view and say I can’t let Harry Kane leave for nothing, so if I’m going to sell him I need to sell him now.
“If Nagelsmann comes in, they’ve got a better chance of keeping him as he’s a top quality manager and Harry Kane will want to buy into his ideas of how they can play football.
“But I just don’t know if Kane is going to sign another four-year contract at Spurs, I can’t see it.
“There’s going to be a lot of teams that want to sign him so I think he will probably move on. I can see him lining up at Man United next season. They’re in desperate need of a proper centre-forward; Wout Weghorst is not good enough.
“I don’t think Man United are a million miles off challenging for the Premier League title. A couple more really good signings and they are going to be close to it.
“If they want any chance of winning the title next season, and the season after that, they have to sign Harry Kane and go all out to sign him.”
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