Tottenham are hunting for a new manager for the fourth time in six years. Here are five candidates who may – or may not – be ideal fits.
Pros: Highly regarded by the White Hart Lane hierarchy and brought to the club by Harry Redknapp, who knows his footballing onions. He has a strong, clear vision for the future, knows Spurs inside out and has worked wonders with the club’s Under-21 side. It’s about time young English coaches got a chance.
Cons: Unproven at the highest level, it would be a massive gamble appointing him as manager and could cause major problems if it fails. Can he attract big names to the Lane?
Pros: The Italian as been a huge success at AC Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid. You won’t find a better CV from a club manager.
Cons: His supposed lack of English could hold back his ideas just as it did when he was England manager. Oh, by the way, how did that gig work out? May want to stick with Russia for the World Cup finals.
Pros: He has one of the sharpest footballing brains in the game and is worshiped by the Spurs faithful despite a rather uninspiring first managerial spell at the club.
Cons: It all ended in tears a decade ago and do the Tottenham board really want to face the prospect of one day having to sack a bona fide legend for a second time?
Frank de Boer
Pros: A gifted player, he has enjoyed outstanding success with Ajax but financial constraints at the Amsterdam club probably mean he has taken them as far as he can. His footballing imprint is a perfect match for Spurs’ entertaining brand.
Cons: He has no knowledge of the English game and that would probably hold him back in N17.
Pros: Has worked wonders in Italy with Empoli, Udinese, Roma and others before enjoying success in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg. Another one of Europe’s top brains and a natural born winner.
Cons: Not known if he speaks English, although that isn’t an impossible barrier to overcome. His success has come in weaker leagues than the Premier League.