Are Spurs Ready For Another Big Club Reject So Soon After AVB?
Tim Sherwood keeps bemoaning the fact that other managers are touting for his job. In particular he has named Louis Van Gaal and Glenn Hoddle as culprits. But a few weeks ago his friends went to the press and let it be known that Daniel Levy had told Sherwood that he would be replaced in the summer. So what’s the problem?
Sherwood has said that there is no bigger Tottenham fan than he but if that was true he’d spend less time moaning and more time doing what the rest of the Spurs faithful are doing which is speculating about the identity of his successor. (He'd also spend less time actually supporting Arsenal... - Ed)
A quick scan of the current betting immediately suggests his paranoia about Van Gaal and Hoddle is misplaced. David Moyes' sacking by Manchester United has altered the picture and now the big Dutchman is heavily fancied for the Old Trafford post. As for Hoddle - Sherwood’s long time nemesis - he is as long as 50/1 with some bookies.
New favourite for the White Hart Lane hot seat is Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino, the highly rated young Argentinian who has established Southampton in the Premier League and furthered the careers of Shaw, Lambert, Rodriguez and Lallana in the process. He’s comfortable working with a director of football too. On the downside he hasn’t done a ‘big job’ before and does his post-match interviews through an interpreter although it’s claimed this is merely an affectation and he actually speaks fine English on the training ground.
Second favourite is Frank de Boer the Dutchman who’s got Ajax winning and playing good football. His playing CV is of the highest calibre and he is well connected, but he’s not managed in a big league before and his number two is Goon-icon Denis Bergkamp. (This may not actually be a negative because Bergkamp is a Spurs fan and if he were to be instrumental in bringing success to White Hart Lane it would go down like a s*** sandwich at the Emirates).
Third in the betting and in with a bullet this week is David Moyes a seasoned Premier League practitioner with something to prove but his bruising ten months as Fergie’s successor make him look like damaged goods - are the fans ready for another big club reject so soon after the failure of Andre Villas Boas?
After that the odds start to lengthen. There are Premier League veterans already in well paid jobs like the boring Rafa Benitez and the temperamental Roberto Mancini. Then there are exotic foreign types like sacked Milan boss Massimo Allegri and Luciano Spalletti, the man Zenit fired to make way for AVB. Then come the international bosses who could be on the market after the World Cup like Italy boss Cesare Prandelli and the USA’s Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann. Further down the list are the easily gettable like Michael Laudrup, the out-of-reach like Jurgen Klopp and the downright undesirable like Steve McClaren.
Who gets it - let alone who should get it - is anybody’s guess. It’s another great big roll of the dice. Let’s just hope it’s someone with sophistication, brains and gravitas who talks and thinks about the game and the team more than himself.