Daniel Levy’s stance on Gareth Southgate after Tottenham make contact with England boss

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy believes England manager Gareth Southgate is the right profile to replace Jose Mourinho, according to reports. Tottenham are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Mourinho six days before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City. Spurs are claimed to have made contact with Southgate’s representatives regarding the possibility of him returning to club management.

Southgate is set to lead England into this summer’s European Championship.

The 50-year-old has been Three Lions boss since 2016, following on from three years in charge of the under-21 side.

Southgate has not managed at club level since he was sacked by Middlesbrough in October 2009.

His near two-and-a-half seasons in charge of Boro remains the only time he has spent as a club manager.

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But Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast claims Spurs have made contact with the former defender.

McGarry says Southgate’s attacking style of play is attractive to Levy and the Spurs chief believes the younger players at the club would benefit from his appointment.

McGarry said: “It is our information that Gareth Southgate, the England manager, his representatives have been contacted with regards to the possibility of him becoming the next Tottenham Hotspur boss.

“That of course will be complicated by England’s participation in the Euros this summer.

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“However, it is Daniel Levy’s intention to employ a younger, more attacking-minded coach, and therefore that’s why Southgate is in the frame.

“And someone who Levy admires as level-headed but also with ambition and a philosophy of football which Spurs want to implement, especially with their younger players coming through.”

Defeat to City on Sunday means Spurs are still without any major silverware since 2008.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher said the performance was in no way a reflection of interim boss Ryan Mason.

Carragher said: “This [defeat] has nothing to do with Ryan Mason. At all. 

“This is a group of players who really lack courage and basically bottled it in the final. Forget losing. They weren’t expected to win against Man City but how they went about it.

“But when Spurs fans get upset the reason people speak about them in them terms is because of games like this.

“The last four cup finals they haven’t scored a goal. And this performance is basically why they’re stuck with this tag.

“And I can’t argue for them. And Spurs fans can’t argue for them on the back of this performance.

“It is on the players. Nothing to do with the manager.” 

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