Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure to deliver top-level European football, with failure set to cost the Tottenham boss his job.
A season in the European wilderness will place significant strain on the club’s finances that has already endured major blows by their failure to qualify for this term’s Champions League and the Covid pandemic.
And while Mourinho’s position is under greater internal scrutiny following Thursday’s disastrous Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb, there are also emerging concerns that the Portuguese is fighting to remedy a fractured dressing room amid fears of disharmony within the squad.
The process of identifying potential replacements for Mourinho has already begun with Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Naglesmann viewed by many behind the scenes as the perfect candidate to takeover if a decision is made to part with the current head coach.
The highly-rated German coach could be obtainable for as less as £6million a year – a fraction of Mourinho’s current salary which is said to be worth as much as £13million.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is also admired but his appointment would be riddled with difficulties.
The club’s financial position is emerging as a key factor in deciding the direction the club heads ahead of next season.