Under Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur have become a consistent force in the Premier League, seen to be established as challenging for a top four spot and the all-important Champions League qualification. This has led to Redknapp being recognized as the odds-on favourite to be the next manager of the England team, succeeding Fabio Capello after Euro 2012. Both Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have recently stated their wish to see Redknapp given the role and Redknapp has said he would find the offer to manage his national team almost impossible to resist.
The Premier League candidates: David Moyes is admired for performing miracles at Everton on a shoestring and may be a choice for many fans. However, is his style too one dimensional for The Lane and would his reputation for discipline suit Spurs? As an apparent deep thinker of the game, tactically flexible, Paul Lambert’s teams play attractive high tempo football. The Scot is also a good motivator, creating a strong team spirit and understands the European game from his playing days and time in Germany.
The ex- Spurs: Jurgen Klinsmann may have been a possibility, but his recent appointment as coach of the USA coupled with his reluctance to move from America may rule him out. Chris Hughton and Gus Poyet may be popular choices, with the managers looking to send out their teams to play attractive flowing football that Spurs’ fans want to see, though Hughton may have more experience and be a stronger option.
The young Europeans: Both Jurgen Klopp and Rudi Garcia led youthful attacking teams to domestic success last season. However, this season in the Champions League has perhaps shown both of them to be lacking in the necessary European competition experience. Joachim Loew was arguably the reason behind Klinsmann’s success. A successful national coach, he appears to be an intelligent tactician, have a belief in preparation and a great motivator of his players. Would Pep Guardiola welcome a new challenge? His records speaks for itself but has suggested this season may be his last at Barcelona. No doubt may fans would welcome him at Spurs.
There are probably easily another 20 strong candidates. Whoever may have to succeed Redknapp, Levy has a difficult task getting the right person to keep building on the strong foundations that have been layed.
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