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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Friday, June 15, 2012
As news of Harry Redknapp’s sacking continues to sink in, the focus moves to the issue of who will replace him in the Tottenham hot-seat.
Everton’s David Moyes was the overwhelming favourite on Wednesday night, and he certainly deserves the chance to take the reigns after a decade of service to Everton, having consistently punched above his weight with the Toffees.
There can be no questioning the Scot’s Premier League experience – but Spurs may be loath to pay a compensation fee to Everton, given that they already have to cough up £3million to Redknapp.
Wigan’s Roberto Martinez is also in the frame, and he was recently interviewed for the Liverpool job.
However, the jump from the Latics to the Lilywhites is a sizeable one. It is debateable whether the Spaniard has the credentials to convince Spurs’ biggest stars to stay and attract the top talent from elsewhere – and the issue of compensation arises again.
On the other hand Andre Villas-Boas is a free agent, having been sacked by Chelsea in March as Roman Abramovich reneged on his promise to give the former FC Porto boss a mandate to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge.
Rafael Benitez is also unemployed, and his time with Liverpool means he has Premier League experience and is used to battling for the top four and possibly even the title.
His unimpressive spell in charge at Inter Milan – which included a memorable night at White Hart Lane in the Champions League – has taken some of the gloss off his reputation, but he still has a strong record in Europe and is likely to be interested in the vacant post at Tottenham.
Capello would also cost nothing to appoint, and he has won the domestic league title with every club he has managed – as well as the Champions League.
Yet question marks remain over his grasp of English and, as he prepares to turn 66 years old on Monday, the Italian is older than the outgoing Redknapp.
Jurgen Klinsmann offers a younger option and, as a Tottenham legend, the 47-year-old carries obvious emotional appeal - but he also has a current job as the coach of the United States.
On the other hand, France coach Laurent Blanc’s current contract ends after Les Bleus’ Euro 2012 campaign, leaving him open to offers.
Other England-based otpions could include Newcastle’s Alan Pardew, Sunderland’s Martin O’Neill and Spurs’ former No2 Gus Poyet – who worked under Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane and is currently in charge of Brighton.
And, looking abroad, the 53-year-old German Ralf Rangnick is being offered at odds of 16/1, having recently missed out on the West Brom job.
He is a free agent – and so is the Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who has an impressive CV after previously taking charge of Ajax, Barcelona, Holland and Bayern Munich.
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