On March 26th, Tottenham Hotspur sacked Antonio Conte and appointed Cristian Stellini as acting head coach.
Two days later, De Telegraaf journalist Valentijn Driessen stated Feyenoord manager Arne Slot is “definitely” on the north London club’s list. Earlier this year, the 44-year-old turned down an approach from Leeds United.
The recent demand for the Dutch coaches has pleased Ruud Guilit. Appearing as a guest on Ziggo Sport’s program, Voetbalcafé, relayed by Voetbal International, the ex-Chelsea midfielder gave his take on recent claims of Tottenham’s interest in Slot.
“I am glad that there is interest in Dutch trainers again. It’s been different for a while. Then they went for a Portuguese or German. I wouldn’t give Arne any advice, he should follow his gut,” he said.
“Louis van Gaal also gave advice to [Erik] ten Hag [over taking the Manchester United job]. Don’t, he said. But you can see what’s happening there [at United] now.”
Slot has helped the Eredivisie side to sit on top of the table. Guilit remains hopeful his compatriot will continue at Feyenoord beyond this season, amid claims of Tottenham’s interest.
“I hope he stays. It’s pretty nice what he’s done, isn’t it? We’ve talked about the football he plays a lot,” Guilit explained.
“You see a lot of teams just passing the ball around, but Slot wants to play pressing. Every team that performs something should be able to do that. That’s what he insists on. Pep Guardiola can do that and the Liverpool of the good days did too. What struck me was that second half at Ajax. What a difference in game between the two teams, isn’t it? Slot demands that.”
Harry Kane’s contract expires in 2024 and has been linked with a move away from the Premier League side. Guilit believes Slot could risk losing a few key players, if he were to become Conte’s successor at Tottenham.
“Harry Kane is the big problem. Many trainers don’t dare to do it at Tottenham. And Kane hasn’t won anything there yet. If he wants to win something, he has to leave. Then you step in with the risk that the best player is gone,” he added.
Earlier this week, former PSV Eindhoven manager Aad de Mos also warned Slot over taking the Tottenham job because it’s difficult to deal with Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy.