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Tottenham make contact with Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino

According to The Athletic (h/t Express), Tottenham Hotspur have already established contact with the representatives of Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino over the possibility of replacing Jose Mourinho at the club.

Monday saw Mourinho’s 17-month run as the manager of Tottenham come to an end with chairman Daniel Levy deciding to wield the axe amid deteriorating results and growing unrest among the players and fans.

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur as their manager. (imago Images)

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur as their manager. (imago Images)

Ever since, talks of a replacement have been doing constant rounds with the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Gareth Southgate, Roberto Martinez among the names being linked with the job.

Another name has now popped up in the rumour mill – that of Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino Garcia Toral. The 55-year-old has spent his entire managerial career in Spain, having started out with smaller clubs such as Recreativo Huelva, Real Zaragoza and Racing Santander to moving up the ladder to the likes of Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia.

Having left the Valencia job in 2019, Marcelino was out of management for close to eighteen months before returning with Athletic Bilbao in January earlier this year. He took the Basque outfit to the finals of the Copa del Rey, where they were defeated to Barcelona.

Marcelino has been previously linked with jobs at Arsenal and Everton. And now, Tottenham could be his next destination with the club already establishing initial contacts with the Spaniard’s representatives. (h/t Express)

Marcelino - The next Tottenham manager?

Marcelino – The next Tottenham manager? (GETTY Images)

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Known for setting his teams up with great attention to detail and his top-notch tactical nous, Marcelino has the potential to be a fine replacement for Mourinho at Tottenham.

He is contracted with Athletic Bilbao till 2022 but there are clauses which would allow him to leave at the end of the season. It now remains to be seen if he does indeed become the next Tottenham boss.

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