Since Tottenham announced the departure of Andre Villas-Boas after last week’s heavy defeat to Liverpool, many names have been linked to the post. Here are five contenders for the White Hart Lane hotseat.
The man currently in possession of the position, albeit on a temporary basis. The 44 year-old did not get off to a good start with defeat to Wesh Ham in the Capital One Cup, but has stated he would welcome the chance to manage the club he played for four years.
The trip to Southampton could well be the last before a decision is made on a permanent appointment.
Has been heavily linked to the vacancy but has made it clear he has not had any contact with the club. Since taking over at Southampton has impressed as the Saints have mixed youthful with some big money signings.
Southampton’s blistering start to the season was testament to his work and has been linked to other jobs on the Continent as his profile continues to grow.
Following on from the tradition of is predecessors at Swansea, Laudrup’s easy-on-the-eye style would be welcomed at White Hart Lane. Swansea find themselves in the last 32 of the Europa League and while they have suffered from inconsistency, Laudrup has shown he is capable of getting the best out of the talent at his disposal.
Frank De Boer
The current Ajax manager seemed to rule himself out of contention by suggesting he was happy in Amsterdam and would only leave once “there is no more challenge here” (Ajax), but Daniel Levy may be willing to pursue his interest in the 43 year-old.
De Boer lead the Dutch side to a league title last season and his style of football and promotion of homegrown players would tick the right boxes for the Spurs board.
The Zenit St. Petersburg manager has been in Russia since 2009 after a four year stint at Roma and has guided the club to two league titles.
The 54 year-old is thought to be a favoured option by the Spurs hierarchy though could be a costly acquisition after extending his contract last year.