Who will replace AVB at Spurs? Capello and Laudrup lead field
Several former managers and ex-players are in the frame to take over at White Hart Lane
AFTER Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas in the wake of their 5-0 humbling at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, attention has turned towards his likely successor.
The Lilywhites made a good start to the season and looked like genuine title contenders as they lost only one of their first ten league matches. However, they have won only two of their last seven games and were comprehensively beaten 6-0 by Manchester City last month, before suffering their worst home league defeat for 16 years to Liverpool at the weekend. The result leaves them down in seventh place in the table, with their chances of qualifying for the Champions League hanging by a thread.
Fabio Capello 6/4
The former England manager, now in charge of the Russian national team, was at White Hart Lane to witness AVB's final game in charge, and his presence there has got tongues wagging. Dale Tempest of Sky Bet says: "Capello has been linked with an array of top jobs in England since his time in charge of the national side and may well have his head turned by the Spurs role if they come knocking, as his Russia side are 66/1 outsiders at the World Cup." He also has allies in place in north London. "Franco Baldini, Capello’s assistant while he was Three Lions coach, is already at Spurs as their director of football and a reunion looks the wise option," adds Metro.
Michael Laudrup 5/1
The Swansea manager has been installed as second favourite for the job behind Capello. The Dane "purveys a brand of football which resonates with traditions at the Lane", says the London Evening Standard. "Having been linked to Real Madrid and PSG in recent months, the former Barcelona midfielder has seen his stock rise and [Daniel] Levy may feel that he would be getting one of the best young managers in the game if he was to make a move for him now."
Glenn Hoddle 10/1
The second former England boss in the mix is a Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle, who knows all about life at White Hart Lane. "Not only has Hoddle managed the club once before, but the fact he's one of Tottenham’s greatest ever players could inject some much needed positivity into an underperforming, and seemingly under motivated squad," explains Caughtoffside, which says there is a "realistic" chance he will be given the job.
Mauricio Pochettino 12/1
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is another young Premier League coach in the frame for the Spurs job. The Argentine's stock is on the rise thanks to the Saints' stellar start to the season and his is said to be keen for a move to a "bigger" club. He might not speak good English but he has the skills required to turn Spurs' season round. "Pochettino knows how to blend English players with foreign flair, and is the man of the minute in the Premier League. Whether he is ready to step up now, it’s not clear, but he can get results," says Metro.
Jurgen Klinsmann 16/1
Klinsmann, like Pochettino, has been linked to the Tottenham job already this season. However, the USA coach might not be available until after the World Cup next summer. Last month, when rumours about AVB's future began to circulate Give Me Sport declared: "Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has lost patience with his Portuguese prodigy and once the former-Chelsea boss has been relieved of his duties, his assistant Steffen Freund could be handed the reins until Klinsmann becomes available following next summer's World Cup in Brazil."
Harry Redknapp 66/1
What are the chances that Redknapp will return to Spurs, 18 months after getting the bullet? Slim, it would seem. Hours before AVB was shown the door Redknapp was calling for him to be given more time in the job. But that has not stopped speculation that Redknapp could now turn his back on new club QPR and return to White Hart Lane. Website Here is the City points out that his exit in 2012 caused "uproar" among the fans. "He'd undoubtedly be a very popular person coming back into the club... He knows a great deal about the current infrastructure of the club and he knows how to drive a modern Tottenham side towards their goal of top four football." ·