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Monday 23 April 2018

The top five contenders to be the next Spurs boss

Tim Sherwood has left White Hart Lane
Tim Sherwood has left White Hart Lane

Mark Bryans

Tim Sherwood's spell as head coach of Tottenham came to an end on Tuesday as the 45-year-old was relieved of his duties at White Hart Lane.

With Spurs chairman Daniel Levy starting his search for his replacement, we cast an eye over the top contenders.

1. Mauricio Pochettino

The current Southampton manager is the heavy favourite to replace Sherwood and his achievements at St Mary's will not have gone unnoticed by Levy.

The Argentinian sets his teams out to attack and they are always easy on the eye, with the likes of England World Cup trio Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert flourishing under Pochettino.

There will also be a hope within the walls of White Hart Lane that Pochettino would be able to get the best out of compatriot Erik Lamela as Tottenham's club-record signing failed to make any sort of impact during his first season in England.

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Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton have gained many admirers during the campaign

2. Frank de Boer

Having won the Eredivisie title in all four seasons he has been in charge at Ajax, De Boer boasts much more silverware than Pochettino.

With Ajax already claiming Levy had been in touch to enquire about his availability in April, he is clearly fancied by the Tottenham decision makers.

The fact he works in a system that includes a director of football, with ex-Arsenal winger Marc Overmars filling that role for the Dutch champions, would also appeal as it is likely he would be working alongside technical director Franco Baldini in north London.

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Frank de Boer is open to speaking with Tottenham in the coming weeks about taking over as manager

3. Rafa Benitez

With a proven track record of taking English clubs to success, Napoli head coach Benitez is apparently keen to return to manage in the Barclays Premier League.

The Spaniard, who also had success during his time at Valencia, made a name for himself by delivering the Champions League to Liverpool and running Manchester United close in the 2008/09 league season.

He also took Chelsea to Europa League success last term, despite the majority of supporters staunchly battling against his appointment, and his current side Napoli sit third in Serie A.

One possible issue would be the perceived negative tactics associated with Benitez, with many Spurs fans unhappy with a similar approach adopted by Andre Villas-Boas.

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Rafael Benitez has officially been released as Chelsea manager

4. David Moyes

If appointed, Moyes would certainly take over at White Hart Lane with a point to prove.

The former Everton manager endured a torrid time in charge of Manchester United, losing his job after just 34 league games in charge with the then-champions lingering in seventh place in the Premier League table.

Prior to that, Moyes had established a name for himself at Goodison Park and the Scot will be hoping any decision taken regarding a possible job offer at Tottenham will come from his achievements on Merseyside.

Spurs fans would be wary of the appointment of a man with something to prove, with Villas-Boas entering the club in a comparable position having previously been sacked by Chelsea.

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The irony is that while David Moyes didn't actually inherit a mess, he is leaving one behind him. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

5. Lousi van Gaal

The Holland national coach was the first man strongly linked with Sherwood's position and would have been seen as a genuine coup for Levy.

The 62-year-old has won league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany and will lead his country into this summer's World Cup.

Despite the constant speculation he would be announced as Sherwood's successor, United's sacking of Moyes has seen him become firm favourite to step in at Old Trafford with Tottenham seemingly having missed their chance to take the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss.

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Louis van Gaal

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