Well thought of in England after leading Swansea to the League cup last year, Laudrup is an urbane manager with a commitment to playing high tempo attacking football. Has seen it all with some of Europe’s biggest clubs as a player, but might struggle with Baldini and Levy pulling the strings.
Clubs managed: Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Mallorca, Swansea
Trophies won: Danish superliga, 2 x Danish Cup, 1 x Danish Supercup
Win percentage: 44.86
A Spurs legend and someone who’d crawl over coals to take the job, doubts will always persist over his man management and poor club record. Either he was ahead of his time tactically and has learnt from his mistakes, or is still ego driven and fond of berating players.
Teams managed: Swindon, Chelsea, England, Southampton, Spurs, Wolves,
Trophies won: 0
Win percentage: 39.29
Cultivated a fine reputation managing Barcelona B and achieving promotion back to Liga Adelante, only to burn it during a poor season at Roma, leaving after failing to qualify for Europe. Now grafting in the lower reaches of La Liga with Celta Vigo, he would surely be an AVB style risk.
Clubs managed: Barca B, Roma, Cleta Vigo
Trophies won: 0
Win percentage: 45.09
Frank de Boer
Emerged late last night as the favourote and, from where we’re sitting, the outstanding candidate. Won multiple trophies as a player in Holland, Spain and Scotland, has made Ajaxk the best team in Holland again and is renowned for playing attacking technical football, featuring young flair players.
Clubs managed: Ajax
Trophies won: 3 x Eredivisie
Win percentage: 60.74
Strongly linked because of his working relationship with Baldini, Capello has always fancied a crack at the Premier League but surely must rank as an outsider because of his commitments with Russia. The 2010 World Cup might have smudged his copybook, but Capello is a winner who gets his teams to play attractive football and defend like maniacs. Would have no problem with the structure.
Teams managed: Milan (twice), Real Madrid (twice), Roma, Juventus, England, Russia.
Trophies won: 5 x Serie A, 4 x Supercoppa Italiana, 1 x UEFA Champions League, 1 x European Super Cup, 2 x La Liga
Win percentage: 56.86