Yesterday afternoon, rumours on Twitter began to surface connecting Spurs with a move for FC Basel’s manager Murat Yakin. The former Swiss international is an old adversary – having led his current side to Europa League success against ourselves last year while his squad have also recorded impressive results against Chelsea and Manchester United.

As the stories continued, Yakin sought to confirm them,

“I had no contact with Lazio, but with Tottenham, yes,” he succinctly told the media back in Switzerland.

But today, Basel have moved quickly to deny any approach with President Bernhard Heusler adding,

“There has been no contact between the clubs.”

Yakin also seemed to retract his original comments by stating,

“I am enjoying my holidays. I have had no contact with Lazio or Tottenham.”

Yakin did the domestic double with Basel in 2013 but it’s his pedigree in Europe that would have attracted Spurs – if there is any truth in the rumour. The bookmakers remain unimpressed and have kept Tim Sherwood and Glenn Hoddle as the favourites but would you welcome the Swiss at White Hart Lane or do you automatically think in terms of his compatriot – a certain Christian Gross?




  1. Oh dear, the Levy European ambition still burns bright. I have to say, despite obvious comparisons to Christian Gross, there is a bit of imagination in this choice. He’s shown in the last 2-3 years that he can operate in the Swiss league and in Europe on what must be a limited budget. How this translates into the Premier League is anyone’s guess. Basel do play an exciting brand of football too. Nevertheless, I still cling to the hope that Levy will go for Benitez, proven in the Premier League and Europe. It’s the obvious and sane choice.


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