Top 10 Manager Candidates for Tottenham Hotspur and Daniel Levy
Life After Andre Villas Boas
Yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy announced that the club and Andre Villas Boas had parted ways by mutual consent. Whether or not that was the case is a debate for another day, but for now speculation is rife as to who will take the hot seat at White Hart Lane.
It would take someone I think who either has a real love for Tottenham or is looking at the chance to take on a big English club with some great talent waiting to be unlocked. The negatives are that AVB was actually the club's winningest manager in recent times, so if he was fired then who would really want that volatile position under a sack-happy chairman with dubious amounts of money to strengthen?
AVB spent pretty much all the Gareth Bale money in the summer so the incoming boss will need to know if he will be afforded money to change things around, time to turn the team around, or both.
Remember, even with the negatives, this side will be a very attractive proposition for some candidates out there. They are still in the Europa League and the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup for another 24 hours at least when they take on West Ham.
Tim Sherwood will take charge of team affairs for the foreseeable future, and if he gets the team playing well he may even be considered for the job on a permanent basis. For the fans, though, I think they need a bigger name manager that is experienced dealing with a team of world class players and able to get the best out of them. Here is my short-list; let me know what you think
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10. Stuart Pearce
Pearce is an ex-England Under 21 and Manchester City manager who didn't do too badly at either initially. This guy wears his heart on his sleeve, and with his nickname 'Psycho' he could kick the Spurs squad back into shape.
9. Martin Jol
Yes, he has already been in charge of Tottenham Hotspur from 2004 through to 2007. In his first season he improved their season dramatically for what was their best for over a decade.
He got Spurs qualified for Europe in successive seasons for the first time for over two decades, so it would be good for him to go back and finish the job he started a decade ago.
That said, there would have to be some peace made with the current Chairman and Jol who was fired after Levy went after a man of his own, Juande Ramos; who? Exactly! Another Danny Doozie.
8. Steve Clarke
He may not have managed many teams nor been all that successful when he did, but he has spent most of his post playing career within earshot of some great managers. He was an assistant at Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool over the past decade plus.
Although I do not think he is a viable option I had to include him.
7. Owen Coyle
It was always going to be a tough job for Owen Coyle to step into the shoes of Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic. Again, like Pearce I think he will bring a no nonsense approach to the squad, and maybe that is what they need. I am sure Jermain Defoe might appreciate a manager selecting on performance over name and cost.
6. Paulo DiCanio
I can hear the combined smashing of heads on desks of all the Tottenham fans reading this. Paulo DiCanio, seriously? I understand the off-field baggage brought by Paulo may not be welcome by a certain section of Tottenham fans, but he is certainly worth a look.
I think you will get passion from the guy during games and honesty in interviews before and after. He was also one of the biggest divas in the game during his playing days (check out Harry Redknapp's story about him), and that might be perfect to get these big money signings clicking at Spurs.
5. Gianfranco Zola
Who doesn't love this guy!? As manager of West Ham he was unlucky to be fired in 2010 after finishing five points clear of the relegation zone. Avram Grant came in and he promptly got the side relegated the next season.
Joining Watford the Italian got the side all the way to the playoff final before being defeated by Crystal Palace. He recently handed in his resignation at Watford, and I think he is ready for bigger test now; as big as Tottenham? Why not?
4. Michael Laudrup
Laudrup has done very well at Swansea having guided them to the knockout stages of the Europa League. The question to ask is does he feel he has taken the Welsh side as far as he can and needs a new challenge? If he does then Tottenham wouldn't be a bad leap up for him. While I certainly think he could do it doesn't mean I think he should.
3. Jurgen Klinsmann
A Tottenham legend, although he was only there a season, Jurgen Klinsmann might just be kicking himself for signing that extension recently. He has been to the World Cup before so that will not bother him, but is his love of Tottenham similar to the Spurs' fans love of him?
Like Laudrup I think Klinsmann could certainly do a job for Spurs, but I think he still has work to do with the US team. And as long as Daniel Levy is in charge at White Hart Lane some of these good managers currently in fairly comfortable jobs may not be tempted to move.
2. Fabio Capello
The ex England Manager is one of the names getting a lot of traction since AVB was let go 24 hours ago.
As a club coach he was very successful at AC Milan early on lifting nine trophies in four seasons. However, only four trophies in the next eight years before landing the England job will be of concern to me.
1. Glenn Hoddle
He wants the job, and a good section of fans want him to have the job. The guy played for Spurs and have managed them before back in the early 2000s with arguable success.
Certainly Tottenham had no Gareth Bale back then nor did they have the Gareth Bale money spent on players, but the question is can he get a whole bunch of Nationalities to play the way a West London boy wants them to?