By Noel Whelan

12th Jun, 2021 | 12:00pm

Whelan: Kane may have forced Tottenham into 'desperate' Fonseca hire

Noel Whelan has suggested Harry Kane’s prospective departure put “big-name” managers off taking the Tottenham job.

The former striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested top coaches would not want to join Spurs with their talisman looking to quit this summer.

As reported by the Telegraph on Friday (June 11th), Paulo Fonseca has agreed in principle a two-year deal to take charge of the Lilywhites.

It is said the Portuguese boss is set to travel to London over the coming days to finalise the move.

However, the former Roma manager was not Tottenham’s first choice of manager.

As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs made contact with Julian Nagelsmann before he joined Bayern Munich, while Brendan Rodgers was also a top target.

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Whelan admitted Fonseca’s appointment may not go down well among supporters.

However, he suggested the prospect of managing a Spurs team without Kane put bigger names off.

It looks like a desperate option in many people’s eyes,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“They’ll also be wondering why they can’t attract big-name managers these days. Well, they’ve got the stadium and they’ve got the training facilities. 

“But are they going to have the team? The managers are questioning their fight and what they want to do with the club.

“Back in the day, you would jump at the opportunity to manage Tottenham. Even though they’ve got the new stadium, it goes to show how powerful being in the Champions League is and holding on to your players.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than Harry Kane, unfortunately. I think that would probably be one enticing factor that any manager coming in, having a world-class striker. You might not have him. so how would you replace him? It makes the task even more difficult.”

“It doesn’t seem an appealing project to many of these managers. They feel like they’re not going to be anywhere near Man City, Liverpool and Man United. Maybe missing out on the top four again.”

Kane still has another three years left on the Tottenham contract he signed in 2018.

He has scored 220 goals in 334 appearances since breaking through the youth ranks in north London.

In other news, Tottenham are set to land a huge windfall as a transfer is agreed.