Nagelsmann, Rodgers and Benitez in the running to replace Mourinho at Spurs

After failing with a 'special' appointment, Tottenham are now looking for a 'Super' replacement.

After dropping points again this weekend, Tottenham Hotspur sit seventh in the Premier League table and look anything but a team ready to enter a 'Super League'.

A brace from Harry Kane against Everton spared Spurs' blushes, but with only one win in the last five league fixtures, even Kane's hot streak wasn't enough to extend Jose Mourinho's spell in London.

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Planet Sport takes a look at the managers in the running to replace the not so special one. (Odds via BetVictor)

Julian Nagelsmann (11/4)

The current favourite to replace Mourinho at Tottenham is RB Leipzig manager, Julian Nagelsmann. At just 33 years of age, Nagelsmann's expansive and free-flowing style has caught the eye of many clubs around Europe.

With Mourinho, the usual trade-off for suffering his rigid and defensive performances is the guarantee of trophies, but after failing to bring silverware back to Tottenham, it's clear that the club's board are looking for a change of mentality.

After taking over in 2019, Nagelsmann has propelled Leipzig to the top end of the Bundesliga, challenging Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on all domestic fronts.

Despite not winning any major trophies, Nagelsmann has shown a lot of promise as an elite European manager and currently holds the record as the youngest coach to take charge of a Champions League semi-final.

Nagelsmann has all the tools to excite Tottenham fans - young, exciting, and looking to build a project.

Brendan Rodgers (6/1)

Next in the betting to replace Mourinho is Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. Currently sat third in the Premier League, Leicester have once again upset the odds and are in the fight for Champions League qualification.

But why manage a Champions League club when you can manage a 'Super League' club - right?

As scandalous as it is, Tottenham's entry into the newly proposed 'European Super League' may be too good an offer to turn down for Rodgers should Spurs pursue him as their new manager.

After his sacking from Liverpool in 2015, Rodgers deserves credit for his return to the top tier of English soccer.

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Since taking over in 2018, Brendan Rodgers has provided Leicester City with stability and consistency, only narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification last season following a defeat to Manchester United in the last fixture of the calendar.

With just two points separating Leicester from fifth-placed Chelsea, Leicester's end to the season could determine whether Rodgers will still be in the hot seat at the King Power Stadium next season.

And to make matters more exciting, Leicester line up against Tottenham for the last game of the season. Only time will tell which bench Rodgers will make his way to.

Eddie Howe (8/1)

Howe has always been the nearly-man in Premier League management. After taking Bournemouth from League One to the Premier League over his eight-year spell, he was highly praised by fans and pundits alike.

His teams have always been likable, showing an intent to attack and press despite usually playing as underdogs. And every time a managerial vacancy appears among the 'Big Six' his name is always flirted with in the press.

And it seems to be no different after the sacking of Mourinho. However, with Howe currently jobless after his departure from Bournemouth in 2020, perhaps this is his best chance yet.

It appears Tottenham want to return to having a young, dynamic manager at the helm and Howe fits the bill.

He may not be everyone's first choice but if Howe does get the chance to manage Tottenham, it will finally answer the question of whether he is good enough to compete with Europe's elite.

Nuno Espirito Santo (8/1)

Since taking over at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2017, Nuno has taken the Midlands side from the middle of the Championship to a well-established Premier League club.

After winning the Championship in 2018, Nuno wasted no time in settling into the Premier League and led his Wolves side to back-to-back seventh-placed finishes.

This season has been slightly more chastening for Wolves fans with their team currently sat 12th in the Premier League. However, their struggles in the league can be mostly be attributed to injury problems, including a fractured skull to star man Raul Jiminez.

With Wolves now settled as a mid-table club in the Premier League, perhaps now could be the time for Nuno to depart the Black Country and replace his compatriot iin north London.

Rafa Benitez (10/1)

After parting ways with Chinese club Dalian Professional in January this year, Benitez is currently without a club.

With numerous confrontations with Mourinho during his time at Liverpool, superceding him as Tottenham manager may be a tempting offer for Benitez.

Benitez has amassed an abundance of European experience, managing Valencia, Inter Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid during his career. But he has also shown a fondness of English sides, spending time at Liverpool, Chelsea and recently, Newcastle United.

During his time in Liverpool he won the FA Cup, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup and is fondly remembered by the supporters. Similarly, Benitez' time at Newcastle saw him lauded by their fans for sticking by them despite relegation in 2016.

It's not particularly hard to be more liked as a manager than the notorious pantomime villain that is Mourinho, but the recruitment of Benitez might just mend what seems to be a divided Tottenham dressing room.

The only risk in hiring Benitez is his recent record. With only the English Championship title to show for in his last five years of management, perhaps Benitez isn't the best suited man to take Tottenham into their next 'Super League' chapter.

Scott Parker (10/1)

Following in the mould of Nagelsmann and Howe, Parker's youthful managerial career has shown a lot of promise.

Parker will be a familiar sight to Tottenham fans after he made 50 appearances in midfield for the north London club. After retiring from playing, Parker returned to Tottenham as the Under-18 coach as well as becoming an ambassador for the club.

His managerial career started after he became caretaker manager of another former club, Fulham, in 2019. Despite winning three of their last nine games, Fulham were relegated from the Premier League but Parker's short stint was rewarded with a permanent contract.

In his first season as a manager, Parker displayed his open and attacking philosophy and took Fulham back to the Premier League after defeating London-rivals Brentford in the play-offs.

Now in the Premier League, Fulham are fighting for survival, with a 97th-minute equaliser from Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah doing little to help their cause.

But despite their struggles, Parker's commitment to his intensive style of play has been praised by many and has put his name in the hat for the Tottenham job.

With clubs not shy of hiring former players as managers, Parker to Tottenham wouldn't be such a long shot.

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