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Tottenham want Brendan Rodgers to replace Jose Mourinho as manager. The Northern-Irishman is currently the favourite for the vacant role amid his fine work at Leicester City. However, with Daniel Levy set to hunt him down following Spurs’ Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, fury has emerged.
Tottenham sacked Mourinho a week ago, bringing the axe down on the 58-year-old after a problematic campaign.
So, as a result, it was Ryan Mason who took charge of the side for Sunday’s showdown with Manchester City at Wembley.
The 29-year-old, who cut short his playing career after a serious head injury three years ago, was unable to guide his side to victory.
Aymeric Laporte scored the only goal of the game for Pep Guardiola’s side, ensuring they win the Carabao Cup for the fourth season on the trot.
Now, for Tottenham, attentions will turn towards appointing a permanent new boss.
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While Levy is an admirer of RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, it’s now Rodgers who sits top of his wishlist.
Yet The Sun claim the Tottenham are still ‘sore’ about comments the Leicester boss made about Spurs after turning them down nine years ago.
Back in 2012, shortly after Harry Redknapp’s departure, Spurs tried to bring Rodgers to the club.
He was doing well at Swansea at the time but, rather than moving to north London, decided to replace Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool instead.
Tottenham then appointed Andre Villas-Boas instead and Rodgers, speaking after the Portuguese’s sacking, insisted he was happy to have turned them down.
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“A close shave,” he said.
“They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was their history.
“They’d had 11 managers in 18 years there, so for someone like myself, who needed to create something, I needed to go to a club that was going to give that opportunity.”
And Tottenham, it seems, are still bitter about those comments.
Levy, however, is trying to convince the club’s hierarchy that he’d be the ideal replacement for Mourinho.
And whether Tottenham are successful in their pursuit remains to be seen, with Leicester determined to keep hold of their man.
Meanwhile, Mason reacted to their cup final defeat to City by acknowledging Guardiola’s team were far superior.
“City are probably four or five years ahead of us in terms of they’ve had a manager for such a long time, they’ve worked a certain way for such a long time,” he said.
“Going forwards, my idea and I’m sure everyone’s idea of Tottenham is to be brave and try to dominate games like they do. It’s a process, it takes time.”
Mason did, however, take heart in the way his Tottenham side performed.
“I think the fact the players tried and they believed in the way we wanted to approach the game says a lot,” said the rookie.
“That makes me believe they want to work this way.
“Going forwards more confidence on the ball, more arrogance. But it’s normal, we’ve worked this way the best part of a week, we had two days to prepare for this game, against the best team in the country.”
Guardiola said after the game that City players do not even practice set-pieces in training, with Laporte’s goal coming via a Kevin De Bruyne free kick.
“We don’t have time to work,” he said.
“Just the principles from the beginning so we know what to do and we just try to recover. It is tough but it is what it is – the schedule is this way.”
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