Monday 18 December 2017

Rangnick heads list to replace Redknapp

Jason Burt

Tottenham Hotspur will this week step up their search for a new manager, with Andre Villas-Boas and Ralf Rangnick still the front-runners to succeed Harry Redknapp.

No manager has yet been spoken to directly, and certainly no one has been offered the job by Spurs or chairman Daniel Levy, but soundings are being taken.

The club is also likely to push ahead with plans to recruit a director of football as well as a head coach.

Levy's intention is to pursue that structure, which he abandoned when Redknapp was appointed.

It is understood that Spurs are unlikely to consider former sporting director Damien Comolli -- who recently left Liverpool -- but want to find a role for Tim Sherwood, who is highly regarded within the club.

Txiki Begiristain, who was director of football at Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, is also hoping for an interview.

Both Villas-Boas, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier this year, and Rangnick, who recently turned down the chance to be head coach of West Brom, would work comfortably within that structure and also fit the mould of the kind of young, training ground-oriented coach that Levy would like.

They are not the only candidates and once again the representatives of France coach Laurent Blanc, who is keen to leave his national job after Euro 2012, are pushing his name, having tried to interest Chelsea.

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez would also be interested but is unlikely to be approached. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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