It is not often that such revered managers as Harry Redknapp are uncertain about their future at a club. However, reports on back pages last week claimed that the former West Ham legend is on the brink of leaving Spurs after new contract negotiations have come to a halt. Many fans at White Hart Lane will not want a new man at the helm considering the success that Redknapp has bought to the club. However, with the possibility that Tottenham will begin next season without Harry, these 5 replacements could prove to become as successful as their predecessor:
1. David Moyes
If you were to ask most Premier League fans who they would choose to manage their club, David Moyes would be at the summit of most shortlists. Having transformed the fortunes of Everton from a club battling relegation to a club with European ambitions every season, on a shoestring budget, has written Moyes into Toffees folklore. With any vacancy in England’s top division, Moyes’ name will always be in the equation. The Scotsman has remained extremely loyal to the Blue half of Merseyside, leading the club for 10 seasons. However, an approach from a club with Tottenham’s reputation may tempt Moyes to undertake a new challenge.
2. Jurgen Klinsmann
The current USA national team coach was once a beloved striker at White Hart Lane scoring an incredible 30 goals in just 56 games for Spurs during a fragmented 18 months during the 90’s. Although his managerial career has been less prolific, he guided Germany into the 2006 World Cup and some fantastic performances helped his country to a third placed finish. Klinsmann is not the most experienced of managers but if Levy is looking to hire someone who knows the club and is popular with Spurs fans, he need not look much further than the German.
3. Rafa Benitez
Having been without a job since his tenure at Inter was terminated, the well respected tactician tends to be on the short list of any managerial vacancy in the Premier League. His successful spell at Anfield indicates that he has what it takes to manage in England’s domestic league. However, what may be more of a positive attribute that Rafa could bring to Spurs, is his excellent record in European competition. No football fan needs to be reminded of what Benitez and his team accomplished in Istanbul in 2005. If Tottenham want to become regulars in Europe’s primary competition, a manager like Benitez may be just what they need.
4. Guus Hiddink
One of the most respected managers in world football, Hiddink has taken on some of the more exotic jobs in the game. Having transformed International teams such as South Korea, Australia and Turkey, and being appointed at some of the most elite clubs, to instil some levels of consistency and morale, Hiddink is widely regarded as the ”Mr. Reliable” of the managerial world. Although he has yet to complete his contract at Russian Giants Anzhi, Hiddink may be tempted by the project offered to him at White Hart Lane.
There has been no decision as to whether Harry Redknapp will prolong his tenure at White Hart Lane. I am in no doubt that the majority of Tottenham fans would wish for the Englishman to continue his efficient work at the club. However, the 4 aforementioned managers may be the best appointments to succeed a man whose popularity at Spurs is yet to diminish.