Tottenham had been determined to bring in Feyenoord boss Arne Slot as their head coach the Dutchman led Feyenoord to just their second Eredivisie title this century Slot met his club for talks but says they had been only to extend his contract
By Lyall Thomas and Rob Dorsett
ten:58, UK, Friday 26 Might 2023
Arne Slot says he is staying at Feyenoord amid interest from Tottenham.
Spurs had been determined to get Slot immediately after he secured the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord this season.
Tottenham have often stressed they had no conversations straight with Slot or Feyenoord, and never ever comment publicly on staff of other football clubs.
Sky Sports News have also been told that Spurs’ bosses really feel Slot utilised their interest in him to get an enhanced contract in the Netherlands – and it is completely anticipated he will now sign a new deal with Feyenoord.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is nevertheless seeking for a complete-time replacement for Antonio Conte
In a statement issued to Sky Sports News by his representatives on Thursday morning, Slot stated: “I have been hearing a lot of rumours going about about other clubs’ interest in me.
“Even though I am thankful my want is to remain at Feyenoord and continue functioning on what we designed final year.
“There is not – and there has not – been transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting [with Feyenoord] was exclusively for an extension.
“All talks with the club have often been only in that sense. Hunting forward to subsequent season with Feyenoord.”
Sky Sports News’ Lyall Thomas joins Peter Smith to clarify what’s subsequent in Tottenham’s search for a manager immediately after target Arne Slot committed his future to Feyenoord.
Exactly where do Spurs go from right here?
Sky Sports News’ senior reporter Rob Dorsett:
“As far as Tottenham are concerned, it is a disappointment. But they had been never ever concrete in their strategy for Slot. It never ever got to any formal stage of discussions with him or Feyenoord, so Spurs will move on.
“When Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed, it took Spurs 76 days ahead of he got the job. It really is been precisely 60 days because Antonio Conte was sacked as Spurs manager. This is not taking place promptly for Spurs – but that is deliberate, from my understanding.
“They want to be thorough and do their due diligence in their method of appointing a new manager. They will take their time.
“I recognize Spurs fans’ frustrations: they would like to know who their new manager is going to be so the club can get started functioning out transfer plans. But there is no rush from Spurs’ point of view.
“They do not have to play any far more football immediately after Sunday’s final game of the Premier League till subsequent season. It provides Daniel Levy time to take into consideration their solutions and appear at the other managers who could be in the operating.
“We know Ange Postecoglou of Celtic has been on their list. Roberto De Zerbi has been carrying out a wonderful job at Brighton, he’s on their list, as is Marco Silva at Fulham. They’ve also been linked with out-of-operate managers which includes Luis Enrique and they have lengthy tracked the operate of Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers.
“The truth is: we do not know to who Spurs go subsequent from right here. They are back to the drawing board. But there is an in depth recruitment program as to who they want as their subsequent manager – but immediately after a bit of negative blood on each sides, it will not be Arne Slot.”
Mason: I am prepared for the Spurs job
Tottenham’s interim boss Ryan Mason believes he is prepared to step up to the plate for Spurs need to he be offered the complete-time job as he appears to finish the season in a European location
Spurs acting head coach Ryan Mason believes he is prepared to step up to the plate for Spurs need to he be offered the complete-time job.
On the other hand, the 31-year-old – who is in his second stint in caretaker charge of the club – has only won a single out of his 5 games in this most recent period in the Spurs dugout.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s three-1 loss to Brentford at the weekend, Mason stated: “I’ve stated that I really feel prepared to assist this club in this moment and I completely trust my group, I trust the folks at this club.
“Of course, these choices are club choices, but I stay confident in who I am, who my coaching group are as folks.
“I really feel like we have a fantastic connection with this club and the players and we can have an effect in this brief space of time.
“Going forward, these are factors that are in the future. They are not seriously on my thoughts at this moment in time, we’re just attempting to develop a thing proper now and we’ve attempted to do that.
“We’re carrying out OK at that but it is critical that we get final results on the football pitch.”