Since Harry Redknapp’s shock departure last week, Tottenham have been linked with a vast array of potential successors. These names include Andre Villas-Boas, Fabio Capello, Laurent Blanc and David Moyes. Daniel Levy is no doubt keen to appoint a new manager as soon as possible, giving the new boss the opportunity to make his mark on the squad before the start of the new season.
It’s likely; whoever fills this position will have a very different footballing mind-set to Redknapp. The current set up at spurs is perfect, in my opinion, for a new manager to have instant success upon arrival. The foundations left after Redknapp’s resignation could become an extreme force within the next few seasons. A fresh philosophy and a few tweaks to the team could produce a title winning side, certainly an establishment capable of Champions League qualification each season.
However, the first test for the new boss will be keeping the likes of Gareth Bale, Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric at White Hart Lane. Recently each of these players has faced heavy speculation linking them with moves away from the club. It’ll take skilful man-management to convince them to stay.
Clearly this managerial position will be a huge opportunity for whoever is eventually appointed, unfortunately, like all over transfer gossip, until an official statement is issued from the club, in this case Tottenham, we will all be left guessing. Here’s a summary of the current likely candidates.
AVB is currently the favourite to land the Spurs job. Following his disappointing exit from Chelsea he’s remained club-less. Personally, I think he would be a great choice for Tottenham. His sacking from Chelsea came after a turbulent 8 months in charge; this was typified by a reported feud between the 34-year-old and his senior players.
Tottenham would provide a prefect atmosphere for the Portuguese coach. Despite his age he has obvious talent at the top level of European football – his time at Porto ended in success after a treble winning season at the club. Spurs would provide the quality of players available at Chelsea, without the egos that clearly caused a problem.
Villas-Boas’s acceptance of the job will depend on how much backing he is given in the transfer market. The retention of midfielder Luka Modric – whom Villas-Boas tried to sign while he was at Chelsea – is thought to be one of the key aims.
The young manager could be the perfect the perfect candidate to lead the North London club into a new era. Spurs have already made contact with the representatives of Villas-Boas, and he is the currently the clear favourite become the Tottenham’s new boss.
The current France manager is out of contract at the end of this summer’s Euro 2012 competition. Although Les Blues will be keen to keep Blanc at the Helm, it’ll be hard for him to reject a return to club football especially if he is offered a position at a club as prestigious as Tottenham
Blanc became national team manager two years ago after a successful spell with Bordeaux, and has transformed France into a footballing powerhouse once again.
Reports claim Spurs have already held preliminary discussions with the former Manchester United defender about replacing Redknapp, but nothing has been confirmed.
His experience could prove vital in transforming spurs into future Premier League champions. His current French team had previously experienced a 24 match unbeaten run, unfortunately this came to an end following Tuesday evening’s defeat to Sweden. This run came off the back of an extremely disappointing 2010 World Cup, where the French crashed out of the competition during the group stages. Clearly Laurent Blanc has the ability to change a side for the better.
Even before Redknapp’s departure had been officially announced, Moyes had been linked with the Job at White Hart Lane. But following his announcement that he is yet to be approached, the current Everton manager has fallen into the background slightly.
The Scot could be the perfect fit for a high quality Tottenham side. Over the years he has been widely praised for the work he has conducted at Goodison Park – consistently overachieving on a budget much smaller than most other Premier League sides.
At Spurs money would certainly be available to Moyes, surely this will only enhance his ability as manager of the club. His skilful approach to business in the transfer market would be perfect for the club, Moyes has the ability to spot a bargain and this could prove a useful asset to Tottenham.
After all, their current key players (Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Kyle Walker) were all signed for low prices at a stage when their full potential hadn’t been realised. There’s no denying Redknapp was also a dab-hand when it comes to negotiations, he introduced the likes of Parker and Van Der Vaart to the club. However, I feel Moyes would bring a fresh approach.
On the other hand, the 49-year-old’s footballing Philosophy isn’t commonly associated with the slick passing football seen played by Tottenham – this could count against him in the race to replace Redknapp.
Moyes is often tipped to replace Sir Alex at United once his reign reaches an end. I’d fully expect him to pass off the opportunity to manage in London as he olds off for a once in a life-time role at Old Trafford.
After resigning from his post as England head coach, in February, following the FA’s decision to strip Chelsea’s John Terry of the England captaincy, Capello has been linked with a number of vacant positions across Europe.
Recently the Italian has revealed he misses working in football management and would be interested in a Premier League role should the opportunity arise.
Spurs presents a perfect chance for the ex-Real Madrid manager to test himself in English club football. Having won the La Liga with his last club side, he clearly has the experience at this level of management.
As England manager he was often critized for his methods of discipline, but this could be ideal at Tottenham for encouraging the players to play at their full potential.
The 66-year-old already has a house in London and he is thought to be very settled, could this be a sign?
Schalke were the surprise packages in the 2010/11 Champions League under the stewardship of Rangnick, and he would bring a wealth of experience to White Hart Lane.
The 53-year-old has been out of work since resigning as Schalke boss last year due to exhaustion, and has since turned down approaches from both Norwich and West Brom.
The free-flowing football adopted with Schalke would certainly appeal to Spurs, and Rangnick is reportedly being considered alongside a number of other candidates.
Klinsmann scored 39 goals during two spells with Tottenham, and would prove to be a popular appointment with fans, while his ideals would appear to be similar to those associated with Tottenham.
The 47-year-old does, however, have limited experience of club management, having been in charge of Bayern Munich for less than one season between spells with Germany and the USA.
It is unclear if Levy has made an approach for Klinsmann at this stage, and there are likely to be stronger candidates under consideration from the Spurs chairman.
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Keanan Bennetts has perfect opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino this week
The left-sided star has a chance to impress in first-team training during the international break.
With the international week in full flow, plenty of teams in the Premier League have seen their squads diminished by call-ups to national teams.
Tottenham Hotspur are one such side. Nonetheless, with most of the first-team squad away with their respective nations, work continues at Hotspur Way.
In order for Spurs to have a full complement in training, plenty of young talent needs to be pulled in to the ranks.
Mauricio Pochettino will, therefore,e get a chance to see some of his young players training with regular first-team players such as Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.
One player who will be training with the first-team this week is talented wide-man Keanan Bennetts, according to London Live.
The 19-year-old left-winger has been catching the eye for the club’s youth team in recent weeks, making the news after scoring a fantastic goal for the under-19s against Monaco in the UEFA Youth League last month.
Bennetts has also been attracting interest for his positional dexterity. The wide-man has played at left-back in recent times and it could be that is his future best position.
This week he will be up against some excellent players such as Lamela and Moura, who did not receive selection to the Argentina and Brazil national teams, respectively.
If he can prove himself with this calibre of player, Pochettino will have to take notice.
It is coming to a point in his Tottenham career when Bennetts has to make such an impact. The teenager is out of contract at Spurs in the summer and needs to ensure he is kept on for at least one more season.
Tottenham fans who follow the youth teams are certain he is deserving of such a chance. If he can show Pochettino what he is capable of this week, then a new deal will surely be in the pipeline for the talented wide-man.
Is Juan Foyth a ready-made replacement for Toby Alderweireld?
The Argentine youngster joined Tottenham Hotspur from Estudiantes last summer.
According to reports in Belgium this week, Tottenham Hotspur have given up hope of keeping Toby Alderweireld.
HLN has reported Spurs have accepted defeat in trying to convince the Belgian of signing a new deal after failing to agree on wages.
Therefore, Tottenham will sell the 29-year-old this summer, with £43 million the asking price.
Tottenham could be looking for a new signing in the summer to replace him, but rather than spending big on a new recruit, they should instead give a chance to someone already at the club.
The player in question is Argentine defender Juan Foyth.
Spurs brought in the young defender from Estudiantes last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £10 million by ESPN.
His signature was heralded as a success for the London outfit after the Times had reported PSG had instead got the youngster.
Foyth has played just eight times for Tottenham this season, with none of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
But at just 20-years-old and new to English football, that was to be expected.
Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a huge fan of his countryman and Foyth has impressed in the FA Cup this season.
As a ball playing centre-half he is the type of player Tottenham want at the back to take the team into the future.
With Alderweireld gone, Tottenham will be short a defensive option.
Jan Vertonghen will be the pillar in the centre of defence, with Davinson Sanchez an impressive talent alongside him.
Eric Dier’s versatility makes him an option. Foyth would then argue the case that he is next in line and deserves a shot at establishing himself in the Tottenham first-team.
It is certainly a possibility.
Tottenham also have highly-rated American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers out on loan at Ipswich Town, who could take Foyth’s place as fifth-in-line, if Tottenham give the Argentine his chance.
The likelihood is that Spurs will bring in a new recruit to replace Alderweireld. Perhaps a player with more experience will instead be pursued.
Foyth has not yet proved himself in the Premier League, so laying it on the line for him next season would be a massive risk by Pochettino and Tottenham.
But there is certainly a chance that the £10 million youngster could take Alderweireld’s place next season.
Clement Lenglet is the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld
The French defender has been in fine form for Sevilla.
When Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla last week, plenty of the La Liga side’s players put in heroic displays.
Wissam Ben Yedder, the goalscorer of both Sevilla’s goals on the night received the highest praise. However, it was defender Clement Lenglet who deserved the biggest plaudits.
The 22-year-old did a wonderful job of shackling Romelu Lukaku for most of the game, putting in a brave and assured performance at centre-back.
It was a display that undoubtedly won him some fans, and Tottenham Hotspur should be one of them.
It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham will lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer.
HLN in Belgium reported this week that Spurs have ended contract talks with the Belgian and are prepared to sell him for £43 million.
Tottenham, therefore, have a potential gap in the centre-back position.
Lenglet is the perfect option. Not only is he good enough, as he proved by United last week, but he fits the profile of a Tottenham signing.
The Sevilla defender is just 22 years of age and has years ahead of him to develop. Then, there is his release clause.
According to a recent report from Diario AS, the Frenchman has a release clause of just €30 million (£26.2 million).
Such a fee for a player of his talent and his age would amount to daylight robbery.
Lenglet, who only joined Sevilla from Nancy last summer, would be the perfect option for Spurs to replace Alderweireld.
He could rotate with fellow young talent Davinson Sanchez playing alongside the more experienced Jan Vertonghen in defence.
With a Frenchman behind him in Hugo Lloris and French speaker in Vertonghen, he would not have to worry much about the language barrier just yet.
Strong, fast, capable on the ball and a raw talent he is exactly the sort of player Mauricio Pochettino could mould into a future Tottenham star.
Alderweireld’s exit will no doubt be a shame for Tottenham.
Nonetheless, if they can bring in Lenglet for £17 million less than they sell the Belgian for, the club will have pulled off a masterstroke.
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