Ian McGarry has been speaking on the latest installment of the Transfer Window podcast, where he revealed Tottenham Hotspur have ‘inquired about’ Gian Piero Gasperini.
The north London outfit have been searching for Jose Mourinho’s successor ever since Daniel Levy sacked the 58-year-old following an unsuccessful 17-month spell in charge.
Big names such as Erik ten Hag and Julian Nagelsmann have already been ruled out of the running to take up the Tottenham hot seat, however, McGarry has disclosed that Atalanta manager Gasperini is a candidate attracting the capital club’s interest.
He said: (33:34) “We also understand here at the Transfer Window podcast that one coach who is of great interest to Tottenham, and indeed, they have inquired about, ironically, is also in Serie A. And it is Gian Piero Gasperini, has been in charge of Atlanta, who have become something of a, let’s just say, hero stroke surprise club in European football over the last two years.
“Gasperini is not the young stroke dynamic coach which Tottenham have effectively described to agents as being their preference. However, he’s a very, very experienced manager. He’s certainly an interesting character who is dependent on a 3-4-3 formation with hyper offensive, possession-based style of play.
“He likes to pressure opposing teams in the way that Jurgen Klopp has done with Liverpool and with Borussia Dortmund as well and has achieved quite spectacular results given the lack of investment and resources compared to the giants of Juventus and the Milan clubs. Gasperini would be difficult to, I think, extract from Atlanta given his success.
“However, the lure of a Premier League job given his time he is now someone who is in the last part of his career and age 63, but it is our information that a leading agent in Europe has informed Gasperini of Spurs’ interest and that he has responded positively.”
TIF Thoughts on Gasperini to Spurs…
Several reports have suggested that Spurs chairman Levy wants to bring in a manager who wants to play progressive football with a focus on bringing through younger talent, and Gasperini fits that bill.
Tottenham look set to miss out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season, so whether they could attract one of the world’s most successful managers to north London is up for debate, and the Atalanta boss could be an attractive alternative.
Although the Italian has failed to win any silverware throughout his managerial career, Gasperini has been lauded for his work in Bergamo, reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League while playing an expansive and attractive style of play despite working on a very modest budget.