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Perhaps the main obstacle Daniel Levy faces when trying to recruit a new manager is that the Tottenham job is not as attractive as he thinks it is. The chairman might have to accept that before he makes the right appointment.

Managers are wary of the modern Tottenham. They see a magnificent stadium and training ground. They see status.

But they also see a level of expectation that exceeds what they can realistically be expected to deliver given the budgets for wages and transfers compared with other clubs at the top end of the Premier League.

Graham Potter would be a gamble but his forward-thinking approach could revive Tottenham

Graham Potter would be a gamble but his forward-thinking approach could revive Tottenham

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Daniel Levy is on the lookout for a new manager but has been hit by numerous rejections

Daniel Levy is on the lookout for a new manager but has been hit by numerous rejections 

That, for example, is what is putting Brendan Rodgers off and when we think about what Tottenham might do now it's worth going back to the day the Northern Irishman joined Liverpool from Swansea in 2012.

Back then, Rodgers was still in his 30s, a coach on the rise at Swansea. He was widely admired but was not a big name and there were some who doubted the appointment. A huge section of the Liverpool fanbase wanted Rafa Benitez back.

But Liverpool were in need of a manager to plot a clear way forward, a coach with a long-term view.

Having finished eighth, sixth and seventh in previous seasons and listing dreadfully under Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool desperately needed a reboot. Rodgers gave them that and, in 2014, almost delivered the Premier League trophy, too.

This is what Tottenham need now. A reboot. Maybe even a season when further steps are taken backward on the field if it's all part of a plan to move them forward again.

That was never going to be the Jose Mourinho idea and that's fine. Mourinho is an open book when it comes to the short-termism of his management.

Jose Mourinho was sacked six days before Spurs took on Man City in the Carabao Cup final

Jose Mourinho was sacked six days before Spurs took on Man City in the Carabao Cup final

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But it very much feels like that is the way it needs to be now. Spurs are loaded with debt after building their stadium and the Covid pandemic has cut off most of the income streams designed to pay that back. They will not be spending big money on footballers any time soon.

So Tottenham need to find a strategic way back into the top four and for that they will need a strategic coach.

That is one of the reasons the club's technical performance director Steve Hitchen has Graham Potter, the Brighton manager, on his list of recommendations. There are others at Tottenham who admire Potter, too, but Hitchen's list is the one that goes upstairs for consideration by Levy.

Potter would be a gamble. Brighton, for all the attractiveness and method of their football, are 14th in the

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