Contenders to replace Harry Redknapp at Tottenham
Harry Redknapp's four-year stint at Tottenham ended today, with the failure to deliver Champions League football - despite finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League - likely to have been a telling contributor in the 65-year-old's departure.
Here we consider some of the possible candidates to replace Redknapp:
Everton manager Moyes, who has just 12 months left to run on his contract with the Toffees, is the early frontrunner and could be a popular choice among Spurs fans, with the Scot performing minor miracles during his 10-year tenure at Goodison Park. He has consistently guided them to top-eight finishes in the Premier League despite a limited budget and may now relish the opportunity of a fresh challenge with a side that has genuine Champions League ambitions.
Martinez has also won plaudits during his time at Wigan, keeping them in the top flight via a remarkable late-season surge featuring victories over Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool as they won seven of their last nine games having looked dead and buried prior to that. He was heavily linked with the vacant Liverpool job before the Reds appointed Brendan Rodgers but the Spaniard has made it no secret that he yearns to take charge of an ambitious club.
FRANK DE BOER
Former defender De Boer was capped 112 times by Holland and is starting to make waves in management. As a player, he captured the Eredivisie on five occasions with Ajax and has now sealed back-to-back titles with the Amsterdam club since taking over from Martin Jol in 2010. His name will attract star value and his connections in the game run deep, having also played for Barcelona, but he is also committed to his project at Ajax, with whom he re-affirmed his commitment after being linked with Liverpool.
It is easy to forget Villas-Boas was one of the hottest properties in management 12 months ago after his disastrous time with Tottenham's London rivals Chelsea this season. He learnt the ropes by working under Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan before returning to the Portuguese club, where he guided them to a league, cup and Europa League treble in 2011. The 34-year-old deserves another chance to prove his capabilities although Spurs fans will be rightly sceptical because of his time with the Blues.
If Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is champing at the bit for Champions League football, then who better than a man who won Europe's premier club competition in his first season in charge of an English club. Benitez's stock has fallen away after he won the FA Cup with Liverpool a year later, with a subsequent barren spell and a seventh-placed finish in 2010 seeing him leave the club. A subsequent spell at Inter Milan lasted only six months and he has been unemployed since.