Noel Whelan has insisted Brendan Rodgers would be worth every penny as Tottenham plot a big-money deal to prise him from Leicester City.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Foxes’ boss would improve Spurs more than a “star player”.
As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is to break the bank for Rodgers by offering a contract that would triple the manager’s wages.
It is understood Spurs are ready to offer a £15million-a-year package to the Northern Irishman.
They are also prepared to pay out the significant compensation fee required to get him out his Leicester contract.
Whelan insisted Rodgers could transform Tottenham with his eye for detail and excellent man-management skills.
Asked if it was worth Spurs breaking the bank for Rodgers, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Oh my God, absolutely.
“To get a manager that’s probably the best British manager we’ve had for a long long time, absolutely. There’s no doubt he will make a difference. No doubt that he will treat the players in a different way to Mourinho too. You can see that.
“His style of play is exceptional, exactly what Tottenham want and would suit. His man-management skills, it looks like every player wants to play for him.
“He’s a tactician, he’s incredibly intelligent when it comes to style of play and trying to adapt to stop other teams from playing.
“He’s the best British manager that you could probably get right now. There’s no doubt about it. His time at Liverpool, he was so close.
“He went to Celtic and won pretty much everything up there. He has come back Leicester, to a very, very good club, and has adapted them to take them forward.
“If Tottenham can get Brendan Rodgers, that will be more beneficial to them than getting a star player. He will coach them properly, he will manage them properly, he will set them up properly.
“You can see that he is a man of fine details and he does his job to the best of his ability. That’s just proven in where they are in the league right now.”
Rodgers currently has Leicester sitting third in the Premier League table, four points off second-placed Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Spurs sit 10 points behind in seventh and five points outside the top four.