Kevin Phillips fears Daniel Levy would receive “a huge backlash” from Tottenham supporters if he appointed Graham Potter as the club’s next manager.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said the Brighton boss is not a “big enough name” to succeed Jose Mourinho in north London.
This site revealed on Saturday that Tottenham are confident of appointing a new manager next week after narrowing down their shortlist to just three candidates.
According to The Athletic‘s Jack Pitt-Brooke, Graham Potter was in the running for the job last week despite only finishing 16th with Brighton this season.
As quoted by Football.London, Potter remained coy when quizzed about the possibility of taking over at Spurs on Friday.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Potter’s link to the vacant position, Phillips said: “That would not go down well with the Spurs supporters, in my opinion.
“I do not mean any disrespect to Graham but is he a big enough name to manage Tottenham? I’m not so sure given that Mourinho has just been there.
“To go from Mourinho to Graham Potter, would that excite the fans? I don’t think so. I think it would more likely anger them.
“The next appointment is crucial for Spurs. If they get it wrong there is going to be a huge backlash towards Levy and the club itself. They could find themselves on the back foot before the season has even begun.”