Chris Sutton has defended Daniel Levy, insisting the Tottenham chairman was badly let down by Antonio Conte.
Spurs are looking for a new manager following Conte’s acrimonious departure and their troubled season hit another low when they were walloped 6-1 by Newcastle at the weekend.
But former Chelsea and England striker Sutton believes Levy has shown ambition with his managerial appointments.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Sutton said: “When they went for Mourinho and Conte, I thought they were good appointments, people who have been there and done it.
“The next appointment is interesting because the fans viewed the brand of football under Mourinho and Conte as negative and I think they’ll get a manager who is known for playing more attractive football.
“I feel sorry for Levy in a way because Conte ended up being a traitor, letting Levy down then throwing him and the players under the bus.
“Conte is a firestarter and this was always going to go one of two ways. Conte has not taken any responsibility. I think Levy was let down by Conte.”
A number of managers continue to be linked with Spurs, including ex-Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann.
But reports suggest former Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino, who had been linked with a return to north London, is on his way to Chelsea.