Who's Next on the Spurs Chopping Block?
After the sacking of Andre Villas Boas, obviously everybody’s attentions turn to one thing. Who next? Despite some of our performances this season, we remain a very attractive option for almost any manager. We have a large squad of talented, attacking and young players, a brand new training ground featuring the most modern technologies only opened last summer, and plans which are well into development to build a fantastic new stadium in the coming years. And despite 0-3 and 0-5 losses to West Ham and Liverpool at home respectively, as well as poor results against Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle; we’re still two points above last season’s champions, Manchester United. It’s not all bad, hey?
Many fans on the social network sites are calling for former Ajax and Barcelona legend, as well as current Ajax manager, Frank de Boer. A possible transition from AVB to FDB would see us bring in a man renowned for controlling a club from the bottom to the top and playing with the same attacking freedom as AVB was attempting to bring to the Lane. The Dutchman managed both centre half, Jan Vertonghen and midfield maestro Christian Eriksen before their transfers to Tottenham. De Boer’s preference for shaping a clubs structure and introducing a style of play throughout the club and placing a lot of faith in younger players will bode well for players like Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby. De Boer would be a natural fit at the club and would be a fantastic sign of intention by Levy, should he decide to higher one of the most talented young managers around, despite success or there lack of the last young manager.
Despite an extensive managerial career in Spain with Getafe and Mallorca, as well as spells in Russia with Spartak Moscow and in Denmark, with Brondby, Michael Laudrups reputation significantly increased after moving to the premier league with Swansea City. Laudrup took on a club renowned for its fast, Spanish style of play after Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool. Laudrup added an end product to the side, causing them to become far more prolific than the season before, significantly winning the Carling Cup in only his first season at the club, as well as signings hidden gems, such as centre half Chico Flores, midfield engine, Jonathon De Guzman and prolific frontman, Michu. Despite only being 49, Laudrup would come to the club with bags of experience and his expertise in the transfer market, as well as his influence over the youth set-up, would be invaluable to the club.
One man linked heavily with the vacant post and has even admitted himself that he’d be interested in returning to the club is Glen Hoddle. Our former midfielder and overall club legend was manager of Tottenham for two years, back in 2001, after an unsuccessful role as England’s national manager. Hoddles exciting, yet risky style of play with England, which saw us play three centre halves with wing backs, could be the blueprints to revive Tottenham’s reputation for attacking and exciting football being demonstrated week in, week out at White Hart Lane. For our visit from West Ham tomorrow in the league tomorrow night, Tim Sherwood has accepted the role of caretaker manager, of which will see him take over first team managerial responsibilities on a short-term basis, but should he impress, there is every chance that he could be provided with job on a full time basis. Another former Tottenham player, despite spending the majority of his career with Blackburn, joined Tottenham in 2008 to be part of Harry Redknapp’s coaching staff. Since then he hasn’t looked back since, earning rave reviews for his work with the youth players, as well as the first team players. He would be the odd-ball choice for our next manager; however has the potential to be very successful.
Whoever comes into the club, whether it be Hoddle, Laudrup, Wenger or even Joey Barton as player/manager, I will get behind them and support the club. Our players need motivation and should the fans be opposed to the new manager that will surely relay onto the players.
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