Brendan Rodgers is a leading contender to replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham manager – after nearly landing the job nine years ago, Football Insider understands.
The Leicester City boss has been admired for a long time by chairman Daniel Levy, stretching back to his Swansea City days a decade ago.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider how Rodgers was Levy’s “preferred choice” to replace Harry Redknapp shortly before he was sacked in June 2012.
The longstanding Spurs supremo held talks via third parties to assess the northern Irishman’s interest in the post towards the end of Redknapp’s final season.
Rodgers was very keen on the job but Liverpool made a formal approach first and he agreed was unveiled as their manager on 1 June that year following the departure of Kenny Dalglish.
Redknapp was dismissed a fortnight later by Tottenham.
The Londoners did appoint another young manager with Premier League experience the following month in Andre Villas-Boas.
Rodgers, 48, will figure high on Tottenham’s shortlist if they part company with Jose Mourinho over the coming months.
The prospect of Mourinho losing his job after just 16 months has been mooted on the back of a dramatic slide down the league table.
Tottenham have collected 16 points in 14 league games following last Saturday’s defeat to Man City.
Tottenham are ninth in the league, six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
They will face Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Man City in the League Cup final at Wembley on 25 April and are well placed to reached the Europa League last-16.