So with Harry Redknapp consigned to the history books, Spurs fans are eagerly anticipating the replacement manager who will move the club forward. Or at least that is the sincere hope. Well, the press has not been idle to present to us all the candidates being considered by Spurs. Allegedly.
Currently former Chelsea and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas is top of the list, if you believe what the press has been feeding us. Certainly AVB has won trophies with Porto (including an impressive Europa League victory), he was mentored by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and had been earmarked to be a top manager. Unfortunately for AVB, he was never able to win over the veteran players at Chelsea and he was sacked in early March. His reputation was further tarnished by his replacement Roberto Di Matteo winning the FA Cup and the coveted Champions League! On the plus side, there will be no doubt that AVB will go all out to prove himself in the Premier League if Spurs give him the chance, keep our best players and grant AVB a huge war chest for purchases. On the minus side, doubts about his man-management skills remain – is he too young at 34? – and he is still largely untested in the Premier League.
Currently managing France in the Euros, Laurent Blanc has impressed many after taking France from the World Cup 2010 debacle to a prolonged unbeaten run which was ended recently by Sweden. At club level, he led Bordeaux to the French title and cup in 2009 before taking on the national team. Although he has never managed in the Premier League, he did spend two seasons with Manchester United, collecting a Premiership winner’s medal in the process. He’s relatively young – 46 – is a champion as a player and manager and reputed for his leadership skills. Still untested in the Premier League, a major concern.
Everton boss David Moyes possesses many of the credentials a Spurs fan might want to see in a potential Spurs manager. Proven at Premier League level with ten years at the helm, bringing Everton to fourth place and two FA Cup finals as part of his resume. Moyes has consistently gotten Everton to punch above its weight, despite its lack of financial resources, it managed to finish above its bitter rivals Liverpool last season. His style of play (and the fact that his Everton teams always seem to start very slowly every season) may not endear him to Spurs fans but perhaps with better quality players who knows? In any case, even with so-called inferior players, his Everton side has consistently beaten the top teams, something Spurs are still struggling to do every season.
Yes there are other names like Fabio Capello and Roberto Martinez but I seriously believe that the next Spurs will be one of the three discussed above with the strongest likelihood that AVB will get the nod. We shall see I guess…