Harry Redknapp, has achieved great things at Tottenham. He is still not a dead-cert for the England job, while he is still under investigation for tax evasion. But with Tottenham doing so well under Redknapp, and with their success in the knockout format of the Champions League, Redknapp looks like an ideal candidate for England Manager. I am a huge fan of Redknapp and I would never want him to leave Tottenham. But if Harry does get the England job, who should replace him at White Hart Lane?
Well my first choice would be Jose Mourinho. You might think this is ridiculous, but the idea of Mourinho becoming manager of Tottenham is not entirely unrealistic.
In Bale, Van Der Vaart and Modric, Tottenham have some world class players in key positions. Mourinho would only need to strengthen a few areas. On paper, Tottenham are not that far off the best, and their players are only going to get better with time. With some intelligent acquisitions, they pose a realistic chance of threatening for the title.
Tottenham are not yet fully on the radar as Premier League title contenders, but have bags of potential. Mourinho would relish the prospect of taking a good Premier League side and making them great. And in Tottenham he has a perfect team to do so. Mourinho is a confident man and I am sure he would believe that he could take Tottenham to the top.
Most importantly, Mourinho would bring belief to White Hart Lane, just as he did at Stamford Bridge, and that is what could make him an ideal manager for Tottenham and Spurs an ideal club for him. Both parties would benefit; Mourinho would get to show just how good a manager he is, success at Tottenham would be considered a great effort, even after their Champions League run this year, and Tottenham would benefit from one of the best managers in the world.
For Mourinho to come to White Hart Lane, Tottenham would have to qualify for the Champions League this year, which would mean coming fourth in the Premier League. Mourinho would not be interested in managing a club that is not in the highest profile competition in Europe. However, Mourinho would definitely not come to Tottenham if they, (and I’m going to say it) won the Champions League this year. He would never take over a side that has already achieved great success and out performed expectation, he wants to be the one to do that.
On the other hand, he would not receive that much credit for winning the league with Manchester United as they are favourites every year. Plus, he would always be in the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho is a man who likes to do things his way, and it would be extremely difficult to be the first man to manage United after Ferguson. My guess is that if he harbours ambitions to manage United, he will wait a bit longer. The timing seems to be just right for Tottenham. I think a move to White hart Lane would be more appealing than one to Old Trafford in the near future. With this in mind, the idea of him coming to White Hart Lane is not totally out of the question.
Finally, should Mourinho not end up at Tottenham I want to put the name of Owen Coyle into the mixer. His success at Bolton this season has been there for all to see. He seems like a great motivator who gets stuck in with the players and his sides play an attractive style of football. What I have been impressed with is the way he helped develop Jack Wilshere last season, who went away a boy and came back a man. He seems to be working wonders again with Daniel Sturridge, who is on loan this season. With this in mind, I think Tottenham could do well to give him a chance as they have some great young players. He might not be a massive name just yet, but he could be in the future.
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