Spurs split as Andre Villas-Boas tipped to become manager
Players and fans wary of AVB after Chelsea fiasco, Capello uninterested in job
AFTER missing out on the Liverpool job, former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas has emerged as the early front-runner for the manager's position at Spurs. But he may face a hard time winning over sceptical players and fans at White Hart Lane.
"Tottenham hope to interview Villas-Boas later this week after discussions with his agent," reports The Times. "But his appointment may not be well received in the dressing room among players who have spoken to their Chelsea counterparts."
The prospect of employing AVB has also caused debate among the fans. Many, including those at Spurs blog The Fighting Cock, were supportive of the idea of hiring the Portuguese. But underneath an article in favour of AVB one supporter promised to hand in his season ticket if he was appointed and compared him to the "second coming" of the much-ridiculed Christian Gross.
However, the early favourite for the post, Everton boss David Moyes, now appears unlikely to head south. He said he had not heard from the London club and the BBC reported: "Moyes has admirers at White Hart Lane but there are concerns that the 49-year-old Scot may not fit the mould of the modern and perhaps continental coach Spurs have discussed."
Another contender for the post was thought to be Fabio Capello, but it now seems unlikely that the former England manager will take over. "The Tottenham job would appear to have fitted Capello's criteria for an ambitious club seeking to win trophies, but it is understood the Italian had concerns about the wages on offer and whether the club really wanted to recruit him," notes the Times.
The Daily Telegraph reports that chairman Daniel Levy wants to install a director of football and is eager to ensure that coach Tim Sherwood, who has stayed on at the club despite the departure of Harry Redknapp, has a prominent role in the new set-up.
The paper also claims that France coach Laurent Blanc has thrown his hat into the ring, but says that Villas-Boas and former Schalke 04 boss, German Ralf Ragnick are the two main favourites.