Three of a kind for Spurs

Three of a kind for Spurs

Tim Sherwood will likely have his tenure as Spurs manager terminated once this season is done and dusted. He hasn’t failed necessarily but it was an appointment, in hindsight, that Spurs might not have made. With his tumultuous style, over spilling passion and a ‘say what he means’ attitude, it’s fair to say Sherwood has caused a bit of stir. So, on the premise that he’ll leave, here’s three candidates for the White Hart Lane hot seat.

Mauricio Pochettino

Since arriving in England with Southampton in January 2013, the Argentinian has impressed with his brand of attacking, attractive football. That style has seen him transform the South Coast club from relegation contenders to challenging for Europe. Pochettino is still only 42 years-old and would present a longer term option, though his insistence on speaking via a translator could count against him. What is commendable though is his faith in youth as well as developing a core of talented British players. He likes his sides to press high up the pitch, attack from the start and impose their will. This should go down well with a set of supporters that demand good football.

Pros

  • Attractive, effective style of football, would please supporters
  • Managed in Premier League
  • Long term option
  • Confidence in youth, develops players
  • Could bring over Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw

Cons

  • Refuses to speak English, only using a translator
  • Compensation to Southampton
  • Still relatively inexperienced

Louis van Gaal

The experienced Dutchman appears to be the unanimous choice amongst Spurs fans though a potential move has been complicated by the sacking of David Moyes at Manchester United. According to reports, the former Bayern Munich boss has been contacted about the subsequent vacant position at Old Trafford although nothing has been confirmed. Currently in charge of the Dutch national team, van Gaal will seemingly have his pick of the bunch post World Cup. This grizzled veteran knows a trick or two and has managed some of the biggest egos in the game. His tactical nous and unnerving ability to get the best of players has ensured a well-deserved reputation as one of the best.

Pros

  • Experienced at the highest level
  • Knows how to get the best out of players
  • Commands respect
  • Speaks English
  • No cost, free agent after World Cup
  • High profile name, ability to attract top players

Cons

  • At 62-years old, not a long term option
  • Never managed in Premier League
  • Players can take time to adjust to his style/tactics
  • Volatile, aggressive

Frank de Boer

Ajax manager Frank de Boer, much like Pochetino, would be an ideal solution to a problem that has plagued Spurs for years – consistency. Having won the Dutch title three years in a row and with a fourth around the corner, de Boer has forged a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest properties. Still only 45, the Dutchman encourages his side to play a methodical, disciplined but effective style of football that exploits space and keeps possession. While he is untested elsewhere, the Dutchman would thrive at a club with history and a particular brand of football to uphold.

Pros

  • Young, hungry & a long term option
  • Effective style of football
  • Gets the best out of players
  • Develops youth
  • Speaks English
  • Tactically gifted, meticulous approach
  • Commands respect, disciplined
  • Attract high calibre players

Cons

  • Unproven in Premier League & Europe
  • Compensation to Ajax
  • Relatively inexperienced

For Spurs, whose season has been blighted with trauma, what they do in the months between May and August will define their future. This must be the year where they finally get their managerial appointment right.

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