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Although an eye-catching run of form back in December might have had some tipping Tottenham as a legitimate title challenger, Spurs have come crashing back down to earth in 2021.

Hit with a deserved 3-0 defeat away at Manchester City on Saturday evening and crashing out of the FA Cup thanks to that Goodison Park thriller last week, the pressure is firmly on Jose Mourinho’s shoulders.

Freefalling down the Premier League table and losing five of their last six matchups across all competitions, off-field problems with both Gareth Bale and Dele Alli have highlighted the underlying issues in North London.

With Betfair drawing up a list of potential contenders that could take over from the former Manchester United boss, we have taken a look at the three leading candidates with the bookies.

Brendan Rodgers

While Tottenham might have been hit with a drumming away at the Etihad over the weekend, Leicester found themselves enjoying a far more fruitful afternoon on home soil.

Mounting a stunning comeback at the King Power and eventually landing a 3-1 romp against defending champions Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has continued to gain a string of plaudits this season.

Climbing back to second in the table on Saturday, the Foxes find themselves sat in pole position to secure themselves a Champions League return this year.

With a Europa League knockout tie against Slavia Praha fast approaching, the one-time Celtic boss has done a stellar job with his Leicester project since making his Premier League return two years ago.

Taking the Foxes in a youthful and attacking direction, the arrivals of the likes of James Maddison, James Justin and Youri Tielemans has certainly helped Leicester become one of the Premier League’s most exciting sides.

Priced at 5/4 and the leading pick with the bookmakers to take over if Mourinho is moved along, there is no doubt that Tottenham fans would relish Rodgers being given a chance in the capital.

Julian Nagelsmann

Guiding RB Leipzig to a 2-1 win against Augsburg last week and cutting their deficit at the top of the Bundesliga table to four points, Julian Nagelsmann is certainly a boss who will be topping many a clubs managerial wishlist.

Guiding the German outfit to their first-ever Champions League semi-final last year, the 33-year-old is already almost universally regarded as one of Europe’s most talented bosses.

Admitting last year that he was previously approached by Real Madrid about taking over in the Spanish capital, Nagelsmann was also reportedly on Chelsea’s radar before they brought in Thomas Tuchel.

Tipped as another European dark horse this year and planning for a knockout tie against Premier League champions Liverpool out in Hungary on Tuesday night, Nagelsmann also has a keen eye for developing youth.

Priced at 4/1 to replace Mourinho, this is also not the first time that Nagelsmann has been linked with a potential move to North London.

When Mauricio Pochettino left Spurs back in November 2019, The Times reported that Daniel Levy was desperate to bring the 33-year-old over to the Premier League, before the one-time Hoffenheim boss ended any speculation.

Eddie Howe

While the list of potential Mourinho replacements might also include the likes of Max Allegri and Rafa Benitez, there is no doubt that Tottenham fans would have been shocked to see Eddie Howe’s name on the list.

Priced at 11/2 to make his managerial return in North London, the former Bournemouth boss has been waiting for a new adventure after ending his long tenure on the South Coast last year.

After over 450 games in charge at the Vitality across two spells spanning more than a decade, the 43-year-old announced he would be stepping down after Bournemouth lost their Premier League status last summer.

Although many Spurs fans would be shocked to see Howe come in and take charge, this is not the first time that the one-time Burnley boss has been linked with a potential move to the capital.

In the same Times piece that linked Nagelsmann with Spurs, it was also reported that Levy is a fan of Howe and also had him on his radar after publically partying ways with Pochettino 15 months ago.

A manager with Premier League experience and still without a new job, the Tottenham hierarchy could see Howe as a cheap alternative if they’re looking for someone to get them through the remainder of the season.

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