With Tottnham Hotspur confirming that Harry Redknapp has left his job as the manager of the club after four years in charge, we look at the possible candidates to succeed the former Portsmouth boss at White Hart Lane.
1. David Moyes (Everton)
The Scot is the bookies favourite for the job and has just over 12 months left on his contract. Moyes has performed minor miracles during his 10-years at Goodison Park, helping the club constantly finish in the top eight despite having to work with a limited budget, and now he will surely relish the challenge of working with a team that has genuine Champions League ambitions. His ability to make some good budget signings would surely please the board and the fans alike, but will his team play the same attacking type of football which we saw from Tottenham last season?
2. Roberto Martinez (Wigan Athletic)
Martinez has won a lot of praise during his time at Wigan, especially this season when he saved the Latics from relegation by registering important wins over Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal in the process. He was heavily linked with the Liverpool managerial post earlier this summer before Brendan Rodgers was given the job. Martinez’s teams play some attracting football which is pleasing on the eye and its a known fact that Levy is a admirer of the Spaniard. But at the same time, moving from Wigan to Tottenham will be a huge step for the former Swansea boss, and can he handle it?
3. Fabio Capello (Unemployed)
All English fans will remember him for his time with the England national team. The Italian had a very good record as the England boss, having loss just the six of his forty-two games in charge and boasted a winning percentage of around 67%. His club record speaks for itself having won seven Serie A titles, two La Liga titles and one Champions League title during his time at Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid. His club record shows that he can achieve success at the club level but he won’t come for cheap and will ask for a huge salary plus his English is not that good either.
4. Jürgen Klinsmann (United States national football team)
After two successful spells as a player at White Hart Lane, Klinsmann is considered a club legend. As a manager, he guided his country to the semi-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, but followed it by a poor stint at Bayern Munich. The former Bayern Munich and Inter striker is currently in charge of the United States national team and will be hoping to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. If given the job, Klinsmann would be a popular choice among the fans, but his lack of experience in club management could count against him.
5. Andre Villas-Boas (Unemployed)
12 months back, Andre Villas-Boas was one of the most hottest property in world football after helping Porto do the European treble by winning the Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and the Europa League. 12 months later, he is unemployed and has been sacked by Tottenham’s London rivals Chelsea. He has learned his trade under the self proclaimed ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter before going back to Portugal and winning the treble in 2011. The 34-year-old deserves another chance to prove himself and he would surely relish the challenge of taking over Tottenham and being successful with them.
6. Frank de Boer (Ajax)
The former Dutch defender has 112 international caps to his name and has won the Eredivisie five times as a player at Ajax. Now as the manager of the Dutch giants since 2010, De Boer has already guided them to two Eredivisie titles in succession and was approached by Liverpool during the summer. He won back-to-back titles at the Amsterdam Arena despite in-fighting and financial woes at the club, but having recently turned down the approaches of Liverpool the former Barcelona defender may stay at Ajax and develop his squad.
7. Alan Pardew (Newcastle United)
The Tottenham fans will feel a bit uneasy at hearing his name as one of the candidates for the job, but they can’t deny the fact he led Newcastle to the brink of the Champions League football on a reasonable budget, while he and his backroom staff also discovered some gems like Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the transfer market. Moving to Tottenham from Newcastle might not be considered a big step up for the former West Ham boss, as both will be playing in the Europa League next season.
8. Rafael Benitez (Unemployed)
If Daniel Levy wants Champions League football at White Hart Lane on a regular basis, then Rafa Benitez is the man for the job. The Spaniard has a very good track record in European competitions, having led Valencia and Liverpool to European glory. Benitez was destroyed by the Liverpool owners and was later sacked by them before having a very poor stint at Inter. But if supported fully by Levy, then Benitez is the right man who could bring Champions League football to White Hart Lane on a regular basis.