Tottenham hero Peter Crouch tips Rafa Benitez for Spurs job after Mourinho exit

Peter Crouch has tipped former Liverpool manager and “football obsessive” Rafa Benitez to take over at Tottenham this summer.

Spurs are on the hunt for a new permanent boss following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last month, with Ryan Mason currently in temporary charge until the end of the season.

The north London club were reportedly keen to appoint Julian Nagelsmann as their next gaffer, but the RB Leipzig coach has instead agreed to join Bayern Munich.

Erik ten Hag, another rumoured target, also put pen to paper on a new contract at Ajax last week, while Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of contention.

Spurs are not exactly blessed with a host of managerial options, but Crouch has put Benitez’s name forward as a candidate to replace Mourinho.

When asked if the Spaniard would be a good fit for Spurs in a fan Q&A for the Daily Mail, Crouch said: “I could not have any more admiration for Rafa than I do, Graham.

“The man is a football obsessive and when I see pictures of him walking his dogs, I expect them to be in formation! His attention to detail is exemplary and he devotes every second of every day to the game.

“I’ll never forget the look on his face when he asked Jermaine Pennant one day at Melwood, Liverpool's old training ground, if he'd watched a Champions League quarter-final the previous night.

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  • “Jermaine, bless him, had no interest in watching football and replied: 'No — who was playing?'

    “Rafa was absolutely dumbstruck. The moment those two particular worlds collided will stay with me for ever!

    “In terms of Tottenham, it wouldn't be the worst shout. He's proven at the highest level, his CV is superb – there are worse candidates, for sure.”

    Benitez has enjoyed three previous stints in English football, inspiring Liverpool’s iconic 2005 Champions League final triumph in a six-year spell at Anfield.

    He then took interim charge of rivals Chelsea for the second half of the 2012/13 campaign, before spending three years with Newcastle.

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