Spurs hunt for new Head Coach gathering pace

Speculation around who will succeed Antonio Conte as Spurs Head Coach is rife and some high profile names have been linked with the Lilywhites

Antonio Conte was dismissed as Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach after 17 months in charge after he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in November 2021. Ever since then speculation has been rife on who will be the next Head Coach to take the hotseat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Following the Italian’s dismissal in March, several high profile names have been linked with the job. One of the names that has recently been rumoured to be highly thought of by the club is Burnley Head Coach and former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany.

Kompany had a highly successful playing career, initially playing for Belgian giants Anderlecht until he joined Manchester City in 2008 following a spell at German club Hamburger SV. The central defender went on to spend 11 years playing for the Citizens, in which time he won numerous trophies, including 4 Premier League titles (2011/12, 2013/14, 2017/18 & 2018/19), 2 FA Cups (2010/11 & 2018/19) and 4 League Cups (2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18 & 2018/19).

He won 89 Senior Caps for Belgium and was captain of City from 2011 until his departure in May 2019.

After a year as Head Coach at Anderlecht, recently relegated Burnley appointed Kompany as their new Head Coach in June 2022. During his time with the Clarets, he has led the club to an immediate return to the Premier League and it seems only a matter of when not if that Kompany’s Burnley side will secure the Championship league title.

Vincent Kompany has shown that he is one of the most promising young Head Coaches in Europe and could turn out to be a positive appointment for Tottenham. Burnley will of course be desperate to keep hold of their Head Coach. Kompany’s contract with the club expires in June 2025.

Another potential candidate to take over at Spurs is one of Europe’s most experienced Head Coaches – Luis Enrique.

The Spaniard also had a successful playing career, playing for Sporting Gijon and both El Clasico rivals: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. He played for Gijon from 1989 until he joined Los Blancos in 1991. In his 5 years in the capital, he won several trophies including a La Liga title (1994/95), a Copa Del Rey (1992/93) and a Supercopa de Espana (1993).

He then joined the Blaugrana in 1996 before retiring 8 years later in 2004. He was even more successful in Catalonia, winning the La Liga title twice (1997/98 & 1998/99), 2 Copa Del Rey (1996/97 & 1997/98) and a UEFA Super Cup in 1997.

Luis Enrique’s first managerial job was with Barcelona’s B team in May 2008 where he guided his team to promotion back to the Segunda Division (Spanish Second Tier). By March 2011 the Spaniard announced that he would be departing the club.

Roma was his next destination, where he was appointed in June 2011. It was a 7th place finish in his first season, missing out on European Football. Enrique’s team also missed out on European Football the following season. He then departed the club, joining Celta Vigo.

Enrique had a brief spell in charge, joining in June 2013 before leaving a year later to return to FC Barcelona. The Spaniard is one of the club’s most successful Head Coaches, winning 3 Copa De Rey (2014/15, 2015/16 & 2016/17) before going on to win 2 La Liga titles (2014/15 & 2015/16) and the Champions League title in 2014/15.

March 2017 saw Enrique depart the club after 3 years in charge. Spain came calling in July 2018 before ending his spell in charge after a round of 16 exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the hands of surprise package Morocco.

Luis Enrique would be a good appointment with his experience and track record of winning numerous major honours over the course of his managerial career.

Both are thought to be in the running to succeed Antonio Conte and both would make good appointments for different reasons. Enrique has more experience and success so far as a manager, whilst Kompany has taken to management like a duck to water and he could seal his first title as a manager with Burnley this season.

There is no indication of when Tottenham will announce their new Head Coach, but fans, players and pundits alike will be looking on with keen interest.

Meanwhile, Cristian Stellini is in interim charge with matches against Newcastle United, Manchester United, Liverpool and Crystal Palace to come.

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