Tottenham Managers: All-time list of Spurs bosses, and how long they lasted

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 3 Dec 2023 12:07 GMT
  • 4 min read
Ange Postecoglou, Celtic, 2022/23
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Tottenham have not won the top flight since 1961, but they are still considered to be part of the Premier League’s ‘big-six’ following a sustained period near the sharp end of English football over the past few decades.

The club, who are nicknamed Spurs, have been in the shadow of their north London rivals Arsenal in recent years, with the Gunners winning eight trophies since Spurs last picked up a piece of silverware (the 2007/08 League Cup).

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They did reach the Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, but fell to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool after goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi. Despite challenging over the past few seasons, the best win rate of any Spurs manager in history belongs to Frank Bretell, whose spell in charge came in the late 1890s.

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Perhaps surprisingly, Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked just 18 months into his time at White Hart Lane, boasts a marginally better win percentage than Pochettino. The former won 55% of his games in charge of Tottenham, while Pochettino’s record was 54%.

Mauricio Pochettino joined PSG after Tottenham
© ProShots - Mauricio Pochettino joined PSG after Tottenham

In total, Tottenham have had 33 different permanent managers in their history. Peter McWilliam and Peter Shreeves have both had two separate spells in charge of the club.

Tottenham managers list

Who is the current Tottenham manager?

Ange Postecoglou is the current Tottenham manager. The Australian joined the club from Celtic in the summer of 2023. He enjoyed a hugely successful spell in Scotland, winning five trophies during his two years in charge.

Postecoglou had a fantastic start to his career at Spurs, leading them to the top of the table into the end of October. However, a bad run of results and injuries saw them lose ground at the top.

Postecoglou spent the vast majority of his playing career at South Welbourne, and joined the club as first-team manager in 1996. After over a decade in Australia, he became the country’s national team head coach in 2013. He left in 2017 and joined Japanese A-League side Yokohama F.Marinos a year later. He was appointed by Celtic in 2021.

Ryan Mason ended the 2022/23 season in interim charge at Spurs following the sacking of Christian Stellini. Stellini himself was also a caretaker boss after he replaced Antonio Conte when the Italian was dismissed in March 2023.

Mason’s interim spell was his second such period at the club - he previously took charge after Jose Mourinho left the club in April 2021. During his first period as an interim boss at Tottenham, Mason became the youngest manager in Premier League history, aged 29.

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