Top 10 candidates to be the next Tottenham manager
With Tim Sherwood all but confirming he will be removed from his post this summer, who will be named as the next Spurs manager?
1. Louis Van Gaal
The hot favourite having indicated that he was approached in December before Tim Sherwood was appointed. He is vastly experienced and has an excellent track record. The only downside is that Spurs will have to wait until after the World Cup before they can appoint the Holland boss, but he is the odds on favourite.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
The Argentinian’s sterling work at Southampton has seen him catapulted up the list of favourites to become the new Spurs manager. His position at St Mary’s has been a little unsettled since the departure of Nicola Cortese.
3. Frank De Boer
Another Dutchman who says he was approached in December. The Ajax boss made it clear he didn’t want to switch clubs mid-season, but he has made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League.
4. Michael Laudrup
He was one of the early favourites when Andre Villas Boas was sacked in December. The Dane has a sacking to his name since then, but some would argue that Swansea’s season was crippled by Europa League commitments. Available on the cheap.
5. Carlo Ancelotti
A second or – perish the thought – third-place finish in La Liga could spell the end of the former Chelsea manager’s time at Real Madrid, despite the progress he has been making with them.
6. Luciano Spalletti
The recently unemployed Zenit St Petersburg boss has seen his job taken by Villas Boas. Will he move in the opposite direction to link up with long-time friend Franco Baldini?
7. Diego Simeone
With his Atletico Madrid side pulling up trees in the Champions League and La Liga, Simeone is very much the hot young thing of football management. Spurs would probably struggle to entice him to give up the Champions League, though.
8. Fabio Capello
Hotly tipped last time round. His reputation – minus the England years – precedes him. And he is a well-known ally of Spurs director of football Franco Baldini.
9. Luis Enrique
The ex-Barcelona B and Roma coach worked under Baldini at the Italian side. Spurs’ director of football is believed to be a big fan of the Spaniard, who was once viewed as Pep Guardiola’s heir apparent at Barcelona. He’s currently in charge at Celta Vigo.
10. Glenn Hoddle
He was linked with the job in December, albeit mainly by himself. The Sky Sports pundit has been helping Sherwood with a spot of backseat driving and clearly fancies the job for himself. He’s still beloved at White Hart Lane.