Former Tottenham Hotspur skipper Gary Mabbutt says the club must decide on a new manager as soon as possible if they are not to fall further behind their Premier League rivals.
Spurs ended the season in seventh place and with interim manager Ryan Mason in charge after Jose Mourinho was sacked in April, days before the League Cup final.
Several names have been linked to the job and Mabbutt, who made more than 600 appearances for the club, winning the FA Cup and UEFA Cup, says the sooner they decide the better.
“There must have been 20 names put forward, all different types of manager, but (chairman) Daniel Levy has stressed that he wants to maintain the DNA of the club,” Mabbutt told Reuters after a charity match at Tottenham’s stadium in which he and former teammate Ossie Ardiles coached teams of NHS staff.
“He will be working very hard with his advisers to get the right person. I hope it’s done in the not too distant future as in this game of football you blink and suddenly you are back into the next season.”
Ardiles said it was inevitable Tottenham would find it hard to replace fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked in November 2019, just months after leading the club to the Champions League final against Liverpool.
“It always felt like it was going to be hard to replace Mauricio and that has proved the case,” Ardiles said. “Tottenham need a manager with a lot of energy and ideas to move the club forward. I hope it happens soon.
“There has been a feeling lately that all the players are not good enough but I think you could see against Leicester City on Sunday that we do have a very good squad.”