Tottenham will discuss the merits of Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel as the potential managerial successor to Antonio Conte, with whom the club are set to part company.

Conte, out of contract in June, has endured a traumatic season, undermined by bereavements and health problems and – with the team struggling – it has come to feel that a separation would be in everyone’s best interests.

The cleanest and favoured scenario is for it to come at the end of the campaign, although the board may act before then if the situation worsens. Conte’s team have suffered three bad results in a row, the first the 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United on Wednesday of last week, which Harry Kane described as a “dagger in our hearts”.