Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega has claimed the ‘overall attitude and handling of Spurs’ decision-makers’ is pushing prospective managers away from wanting to take on the vacant head coach position.
Writing on Twitter, Vega claimed that the club are ‘underestimating how small the football technical world is’ with prospective managers ‘all talking to each other’ and that it was ‘not a case of who is going to manage next season, with the questions being way more profound.’
His comments come after Spurs’ search for a new manager continued into its ninth week, after Antonio Conte parted ways with the club back in March, while his immediate replacement, Christian Stellini, also also being sacked back in April.
It’s been a disappointing season for the club, who, at the start of the campaign were largely touted as a contender to finish inside the top four, but have since slumped to eighth in the league, having won just two of their last ten games.
In the interim, the north London side have once again looked to former player Ryan Mason, who has admitted he is eager to take on the role permanently, despite their plans to continue look elsewhere.
Ramon Vega has claimed that prospective football managers have ‘all been talking to each other’ and the consensus is Tottenham’s vacant managerial ‘position is to be avoided’
He questioned the ‘overall attitude and handling of the club decision-makers that makes this club so uncertain and not united for anybody to come in’
Spurs have now stopped their pursuit of Feyenoord manager Arne Slot, sparking outrage among their fan base
The club were heavily linked with a move for Feyenoord manager Arne Slot, but it seems that the move has since fallen through, with Mail Sport reporting that Spurs bosses were startled by his £15million compensation fee.
The club had also ‘held talks’ with Julian Nagelsmann, and for a while he seemed the obvious candidate, but it seems the club ultimately decided not to appoint him, sparking much fury among the fan base.
And now Vega has given his assessment of the situation, with his comments interestingly coming after Jose Mourinho said Spurs was the ‘only club he didn’t have a close bond with’ before hitting out at Daniel Levy, saying the Tottenham chairman ‘didn’t give too much’ during his time in charge at the club.
Vega, meanwhile, suggested that prospective managers had been talking amongst themselves and the general consensus about the vacancy was not a good one.
‘I think the Tottenham Board are underestimating how small the technical Football world is (Coaches, current and ex-players and of course agents regarding the potential Spurs Job and the reputation of the Club),’ the 51-year-old wrote on his Twitter.
‘They all talk to each other referencing their experience with the club in the past and present.
‘I can tell you here that over 99 per cent saying the same. It’s not a question of who is going to manage next season the questions are way more profound.
‘It’s the overall attitude and handling of the club decision-makers that makes this club today so uncertain and not united for anybody to come in this including the staff and of course the Fans.’
Tottenham are now ‘strongly considering’ Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou as their next permanent manager.
But perhaps hiring a new manager will not be an instant fix for some of the issues present at the club.
Spurs fans have been protesting the ownership and operation of the club for some time, while supporters have also hit out at the club’s failure to hire Slot and Nagelsmann.
‘The treatments and attitudes handled by the Board for a decade toward staff, players, ex-players and of course the FANS have put all in question,’ Vega, who made 76 appearances for the club between 1997 and 1999 added.
Vega issued a scathing assessment of his former club suggesting the consensus about the vacant managerial position among those in the industry was not good
It’s been a disappointing end to the season for the side who will finish in eighth place
Tottenham fans have been seen protesting the club’s ownership multiple times this season
Vega also claimed that the treatment of fans and individuals at the club has all been ‘put into question’
Tottenham are now ‘strongly considering’ Ange Postecoglou as their next permanent manager
‘A football club should be there to be social and make you feel warm and welcome to be one of the family and have a unity feeling no one is more important than the other [person] next to him.
‘All this starts at the top of this disconnect and is very clinical warm-less handling.’
And the 51-year-old, who won the League Cup with the London side in 1999, was hopeful the board could change things around.
‘I hope they understand and change their attitude and will handle it accordingly (it’s not only business at this club) for the sake of this beautiful, great football Club Tottenham Hotspur Spurs I played for and won a trophy. COYS.