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Villas-Boas tops wish list as Spurs step up bid to find new manager

Tottenham Hotspur will this week step up their efforts to find a manager, with Andre Villas-Boas remaining a strong contender among the candidates being considered.

France's exit from Euro 2012 means that Laurent Blanc is free to talk to potential employers, but his chances have receded with his country's poor showing in the tournament.

There had been an expectation in France that Blanc would sign a new contract but that may have changed after this disappointing campaign.

Spurs are understood to be committed to talking to "a coach who is at Euro 2012", according to sources, which indicates that former Manchester United defender Blanc is on the "short short-list" that has been compiled.

Blanc is keen to return to club management and his representatives inquired about the Chelsea job before Roberto di Matteo was awarded a permanent contract.

Croatia's Slaven Bilic, who was also interested in Spurs, has already agreed to take over at Lokomotiv Moscow while the other outstanding coach at the tournament is Germany's Joachim Loew.


Yesterday Ralf Rangnick, whose candidacy has been pushed and was under consideration, ruled himself out of the running by taking over as the new sporting director of the Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.

Rangnick recently turned down the chance to become West Brom's head coach -- after Roy Hodgson's departure to take over as England boss -- and has now decided to take a different role.

Villas-Boas, still only 34, certainly fits the mould precisely of the kind of young, training ground-based coach who can work with the young, attacking squad of players that Spurs want to assemble.

His ideas are likely to appeal to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy while Villas-Boas has learnt from some of the mistakes that he made during his brief time in charge of Chelsea.

Levy is expected to return to London this week after being in the United States dealing with a private matter.

Contrary to suggestions, Villas-Boas is understood to be completely happy with the process Spurs have gone through to find a replacement for Harry Redknapp, who was sacked earlier this month and is certainly not angered by being the only candidate as has been suggested.

At the present time, Spurs have not interviewed any candidates. (Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent