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Tottenham may face another setback as Ange Postecoglou reveals that his senior assistant coach, Chris Davies, has not yet made a decision about the open position at Swansea.
Tottenham Hotspur declined an offer from a team in the Sky Bet Championship to discuss with Davies earlier this week. However, the Welsh club is still optimistic about hiring Postecoglou’s assistant as a replacement for Michael Duff.
Ex-Celtic and Leicester coach Davies was on the touchline for Tottenham’s 2-1 home loss to West Ham on Thursday, which made it four defeats in five for the injury-hit hosts.
On Sunday, Tottenham will face off against Newcastle, one of their top competitors. Postecoglou acknowledged that Davies may potentially leave for Swansea after the match.
“I have had a short conversation with Chris and he is aware that we have a hectic week ahead of us, so we will concentrate on that,” stated Postecoglou.
He is an exceptional person who has done excellent work with us and in the past. It is understandable that Swansea or other teams would be interested in him.
It’s what you want for sure.”
“Ultimately, this is what you desire – to have good individuals. When you have a team of good people, they will naturally draw attention. This is undoubtedly what you hope for.”
In my opinion, the outcome is largely dependent on Chris.
He has the final say on what he wants to do in the future, and the club will handle it accordingly.
The departure of Davies would cause further disruption for Spurs, who are already without several important players due to injuries and have not won a game since October 27.
However, Postecoglou stated: “I have always maintained a calm demeanor.”
In the past, I have stated that it is my responsibility to foster the growth of my staff. I am extremely proud that many of the individuals I have worked with have advanced to become senior managers instead of remaining as my assistants.
“If you actively seek out disruptive elements, you can use them as justification or an excuse for anything.”
Unfortunately, we suffered the loss of Harry Kane right before the season began, causing a major disruption. Additionally, we lost half of our squad after just one game, further adding to the disruption. This type of situation is inevitable and will always occur.
One cannot work in isolation where everything is flawless. Personally, I have been at ease in such situations because I trust that the environment will address any challenges if we approach it correctly.
The Spurs must assess their captain Son Heung-min before Sunday’s game, as he received a hit to his back towards the end of the West Ham loss.
Son’s condition will need to be evaluated today to determine the extent of his soreness following the game, according to Postecoglou.
A few others had minor issues, but I don’t believe they were of much significance.
“Fortunately, we were able to give Pape (Sarr) some playing time last night and I am aware that both him and Richarlison are doing well. However, there are no other players expected to return before the new year.”