Tottenham will move to appoint former player Jurgen Klinsmann as their manager if Andre Villas Boas fails to lead them to the Champions League.
The Daily Mail claims the White Hart Lane legend is on a list of potential new bosses if Spurs fail to secure a top four finish this season.
Qualifying for the Champions League is reported to be an absolute must for AVB after he was handed a huge transfer budget over the summer. He is likely to be backed again in January with the arrival of another striker, but there will be no more room for error at that stage.
If a place in the top four is not achieved, USA boss Klinsmann could be approached after the World Cup.
Although he main managerial successes have been at international level, the Spurs hierarchy are attracted by his abilities, his ties to the club’s past and the profile he would bring.
Klinsmann has previously rejected all approaches from the Premier League, but the timing could be right next summer.