Tottenham have put Ryan Mason on standby to take charge of pre-season training, according to the Daily Express.
Mason ended last season as caretaker boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
A new manager was expected to be installed soon after the end of the campaign but Spurs are yet to make an appointment.
Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui has turned down the job after what the Spanish club’s president Jose Castro described as a “dizzying” offer from Tottenham.
Interest in Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso and Erik ten Hag has also come to nothing.
The Express therefore suggest that Mason might be asked to oversee the start of pre-season training if the search for a new manager continues to drag on.
Former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is now seen as the favourite to take over at Spurs.
Nuno is looking for a new challenge after leaving Wolves and could now be offered the chance to become Tottenham manager. He was previously linked with the job but the club looked elsewhere.
The Sun, though, suggest Brighton’s Graham Potter is a contender for the job. Potter has been widely praised for his work since taking over at the Sussex club.