At the time of going to press, reports throughout the sporting world pointed to the former Roma boss taking the helm at the London team imminently after he was identified as a candidate by the new football managing director Fabio Paratici.

The road for Tottenham to find a new manager has not been an easy one with talks involving bringing in former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte breaking down in early June. It had also been rumoured that Brendan Rodgers of Leicester and Erik ten Hag from Ajax could be in line for the job but both remained committed to their respective clubs. Any hope of bringing back Mauricio Pochettino to the club was dashed when Paris St Germain refused to discuss letting their manager go.