Tottenham change No.1 manager target after Julian Nagelsmann snub

Tottenham will focus on landing Brendan Rodgers after missing out on Julian Nagelsmann.

But Spurs fear they are fighting a losing battle to lure the Leicester boss and have already started sounding out alternative candidates.

Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch and Erik ten Hag of Ajax are among those now being looked at by the club, with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez also interested.

But in a widely-expected move, Leipzig boss Nagelsmann yesterday agreed to take over at Bayern Munich next season.

The highly-rated 33-year-old will move to Bayern on a five-year deal to replace Hansi Flick, who is set to become Germany boss.

Tottenham always knew they were outsiders to win the race for Nagelsmann – and the £20m in compensation he will cost Bayern was also a problem for them.

But the news is still a blow to Spurs, who had him high up on their shortlist when they sacked Jose Mourinho.

Leicester boss Rodgers is now their top target but the north London club are aware they face a battle to tempt him away from the Foxes.

The former Liverpool and Celtic boss has guided Leicester into the FA Cup final and also has them on the brink of Champions League qualification.

And they are casting the net wider as they send feelers out to potential alternatives, including Salzburg’s Marsch and Ten Hag of Ajax.

A move for former Leipzig boss Ralph Rangnick, who is currently out of work, has also been discussed.

Rangnick is credited with inspiring a whole generation of young German coaches and was a contender for the Chelsea job before Thomas Tuchel was appointed.

Interim boss Ryan Mason, whose side lost the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City, is set to remain in charge for the rest season.

But Spurs want a more experienced manager in place for next season who can bring a more exciting, possession-based style of play to the club.

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