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Tottenham told to copy Arsenal's Mikel Arteta blueprint when appointing Antonio Conte's replacement

Joe Adams

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Tottenham told to copy Arsenal's Mikel Arteta blueprint when appointing Antonio Conte's replacement

Former Celtic striker Tony Cascarino reckons Tottenham should follow the blueprint set by Mikel Arteta when selecting a new manager.

Antonio Conte was shown the exit door on Sunday, leaving Spurs after just 16 months in charge of the club.

The Italian unloaded in a press conference following Tottenham's 3-3 draw with Southampton in the Premier League, branding the players 'selfish' while making a dig at club chairman Daniel Levy.

Indeed, Spurs experienced a torrid March after crashing out of the FA Cup courtesy of Sheffield United, before being dumped from the Champions League by Serie A giants AC Milan.


Fans will hope they can hold on to fourth place and qualify for next season's competition, with Newcastle hot on their heels in fifth.


In the meantime, the board must seek out a replacement, and Cascarino reckons he knows just the man for the job, believing Spurs should follow in Arsenal's footsteps and recruit a younger manager.

Kompany tipped for Spurs job


Offering his two pence on the situation, Cascarino reckons investing in youth is the way forward, citing Arteta's "energy and fight" as a reason for the Gunners' success this season.

Writing in his column for The Times, Cascarino stated: "I said Arteta should be given the Arsenal job nearly two years before they appointed him, because he was at the vanguard of this new generation of coaches that are tactically sharp and young enough to have the energy and fight to lead an entire club."

While Cascarino claimed that current Burnley manager Vincent Kompany would be perfect for the role, having led the Clarets to a 13-point lead at the top of the Championship.

Kompany fits into that category too," Cascarino continued.


"There is no better-suited person than Vincent Kompany. He is brave and bold. He does not shy away from challenges. But unlike José Mourinho and Antonio Conte, who were also immensely competitive, Kompany is, above all else, humble.

"He is honest and he speaks straight, but without the coarseness of someone like Conte, who tried to tell some home truths but just turned off the supporters and players.

"Kompany’s style of football is innovative, forward-thinking, aggressive and exciting. It’s exactly what will unlock the potential of the club. When a team plays that kind of football — all-in, exciting, compelling stuff — it brings the fans on board.

"We have seen at clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool how formidable teams can be when the fans are behind them."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte, Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Premier League, Football

Joe Adams
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