Noel Whelan insists Tottenham will fail to appoint a world-class manager as they struggle in their bid to replace Jose Mourinho. 

The former Leeds United hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Spurs isn’t an attractive option to “serial winners”.

As reported by Sky Sports, Spurs have called off their efforts to appoint former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.

This means Tottenham are still managerless despite sacking Mourinho in mid-April.

It appears Daniel Levy has failed to attract Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and now Conte this summer.

Whelan claims there are too many negative aspects to taking the Tottenham job at the moment, not least Harry Kane’s possible departure.

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“It’s got to the stage where whoever comes in knows they aren’t fighting to win the Premier League,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“A serial winner goes to teams where they know they will be challenging. Conte at Inter, he won Serie A. 

“He knew he would be challenging and have the resources to fight. He’s not going to have that at Tottenham. 

“Unless they spend £250million but that’s not going to happen. They don’t have players who are going to be up there. 

“The massive selling point for Spurs is Harry Kane. With a player like that you’re going to win more games than you lose. 

“There are a lot of obstacles in the way for whoever takes that job. Straight away you’re losing your best player and you’ll be scrapping to probably just about scrape fourth next season.

“How is that a tempting proposition to any world-class manager?”


Since leaving Spurs, Mourinho has been announced as Roma’s new manager.

After his departure, Tottenham lost the Carabao Cup final and on ly managed to qualify for UEFA’s new third-tier European competition.

In other news, Paul Robinson excited by what would be a ‘great deal for Spurs’ after update on Kane’s future.