Written By Onyeka Daniel
The wait for the new coach of English Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur seems to be finally over as the club is expected to announce a permanent replacement for Antonio Conte in the next few days.
In the last few weeks, several names have been linked with the club including Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique, Xabi Alonso and most recently, Arne Slot but it looks like Spurs have settled on the choice of Ange Postecoglou of Celtic and the only thing delaying his announcement is the compensation that the EPL side will oay to the Scottish club.
It’s reported that Spurs will pay just under the £5m as compensation for Postecoglou to head towards the North London. Postecoglou’s fast, possession-based football has brought plenty of envious eyes across Europe, with Brighton said to be interested in appointing him last season when Graham Potter left the club to join Chelsea, but unable to pry him away from Scotland.
Now he is set to bring his brand of football to the Premier League with Tottenham instead but as with the doubters when he first arrived at Celtic it is going to take time for him to make the changes required amid the scepticism.
He will become the first Australian to manage a club in the EPL and has enjoyed a fine spell at Celtic since taking over in 2021. In his first year in charge, he led the Bhoys back to glory in the Scottish Premiership as they reclaimed the title they had lost to Rangers.
This season, Celtic successfully defended the league while also adding both domestic cup competitions to their trophy cabinet. Earlier today Celtic granted permission for Postecoglou to hold talks with Spurs over a move, according to report. It’s now being reported that personal terms have been agreed on between both parties, with a three-year deal said to be in place for the new manager.
Upon his appointment he’s expected to lead the charge for the club in the coming transfer market and will get to decide which player stays or leaves, but may not have the power to stop Harry Kane from leaving.
Former EPL side, now expected to compete in the Championship next season, Leicester City, have confirmed that seven players will depart the club after the club was relegated in the just concluded season.
The Foxes, who win the EPL title in the 2015/16 season, endured a horrid season under Brendan Rodgers and Dean Smith before their relegation was confirmed on the last day of the season.
As they prepare for life in the second tier of English football, many players are expected to depart the King Power Stadium. The club made the announcement on their official Twitter page, saying: “Seven professionals are among those confirmed to leave #lcfc upon the expiration of their contracts this June.
“The Club extends its thanks to all seven players for their contributions during their time with us and wishes them every success in their careers.” As expected Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans will leave after posting an emotional goodbye message on Instagram last week.
In addition to Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Ryan Bertrand, Ayoze Perez and Tete have also been released. Tete will return to Shakhtar Donetsk after signing on a short-term deal during the January transfer window. Turkish defender, Soyuncu has already agreed a deal with Spanish side, Atletico Madrid.
Spanish winger Perez spent the second period of the 22/23 campaign on loan at La Liga side Real Betis and will now leave the club permanently. No words yet in the future of Nigerin duo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.
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