Gennaro Gattuso is not considered a candidate to become Tottenham’s new manager.
The prospect of him joining Spurs sparked a protest from fans, which was communicated to the club by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporter Trust.
The club had not commented on Gattuso but it is understood that they are now looking elsewhere.
Spurs ended talks with ex-Roma coach Paulo Fonseca on Thursday.
Fonseca, 48, is said to be stunned by the developments, with negotiations apparently so advanced that discussions have taken place over potential signings.
Fans decided to create a #NoToGattuso hashtag that was all the rage on Twitter.
Some on social media have referred to controversial comments the former Italian midfielder had previously made on topics such as same sex marriage and women in football.
“We can communicate and communicate the sentiment of the supporters to the decision-makers of the club, and we have done this very clearly on this occasion” the Tottenham Hotspur Supporter Trust tweeted. “We are aware of your concerns about potential management candidates and are acting accordingly. “
Earlier in June, Spurs were also in advanced talks with former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, while trying to persuade their former manager Mauricio Pochettino to leave his post at Paris St-Germain.
It has now been almost two months since Mourinho was sacked after 17 months in office.
You could argue that it was better that the controversial talks Gattuso gave were revealed before he was appointed Spurs manager rather than afterwards when it would have been more difficult to manage.
The content has only reinforced an overwhelmingly negative view of the Italian from a fan base who must wonder where Tottenham’s managerial research will take them next.
If Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers or Erik Ten Hag had been achievable, chances are they got the job. But none of them were.
Then it looked like Mauricio Pochettino was set for a sensational comeback, only to keep Paris St-Germain firm.
Antonio Conte would have been a bit on the left given Daniel Levy’s demand for the right candidate to match Tottenham’s DNA, but the Italian’s record – winner – demands respect. However, in the end, all parties decided that the union would not work.
From there Tottenham went to Paulo Fonseca, who on Thursday morning believed the job was his own despite tensions with football manager Fabio Paratici over the style of play.
Now Gattuso has come and gone.
Spurs’ managerial research has taken on a life of its own in the age of social media, with so many names being shunned by fans reveling in the struggles of such a big club.
Levy and Paratici, who have yet to officially take over technical management, must put things in order as a Premier League encounter with Manchester City is less than two months away and few Tottenham fans will look to it with a sense of confidence.