Tottenham Hotspur have identified two key targets to replace Jose Mourinho if the club decides to part ways with the Portuguese this season.

Tottenham Hotspur brilliant start to the league campaign seems to have hit rock-bottom as the north Londoners have not only surrendered the top spot but have fallen down to the ninth place on the Premier League table. Spurs have had an inconsistent run in the league as they dropped points against the likes of Crystal Palace, Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers not too long ago. They were further embarrassed by Brighton this month as Graham Potter’s side picked all three points with the help of a  1-0 win at the Falmer Stadium.

Jose Mourinho has come under scurtiny for his side’s recent form and has been criticised for his tactics this season. The poor performance of the Lilywhites have brought in rumours of a possible sack for the Portuguese boss. According to Daily Mail, Tottenham have reportedly identified a replacement for their present manager and are willing to see a change in the hot seat after the end of this season.

With close reference to Daily Mail, the Premier League side has reportedly shortlisted Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers as possible candidates for the club’s managerial post. Both managers apparently have admirers within the club and hence are being considered “favourites” for this crucial role in the team.

However, Tottenham Hotspur are willing to wait until the end of this season before making a decision on Mourinho’s future at the club. The former Chelsea manager has still a lot to work on this term as his side are in contention for a possible Europa League title-a trophy which would help them seal a spot in the Champions League next season.

Mourinho will definitely want to see more consistency in the league campaign and at the same time will look to aim for a top-four finish by the end of this season. The former Manchester United boss will need to implement changes in his backline for the business end of the season. Weak performances from both Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier have piled up more problems in the defence.

The 58-year-old has also seen his tactics backfire on him as his idea of sitting back deep and hitting the opposition with counter-attacks have not fared well of late.

Mourinho’s job at Spurs will be under immense threat if he fails to secure silverware at the end of this season. At the same time, the Lilywhites would refrain from parting ways with the Portuguese boss as his immediate sacking might make the club pay a hefty severance package. The former Real Madrid boss is already one of the highest-paid managers in the world as he commands a staggering salary of 15 million pounds for his services.

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