Is this the next Tottenham manager?

FC Basel coach Murat Yakin claims he has been contacted by Tottenham regarding the vacant managerial post, reports the Metro.

The 39-year-old Swiss has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Andre Villas-Boas who was sacked on Monday.

Other names mentioned have included Fabio Capello, Guus Hiddink and Glenn Hoddle, whilst former Tottenham midfielder Tim Sherwood has the opportunity to stake his claim for the full time job during his spell as caretaker manager.

Yakin has previously been linked with Lazio, but has claimed he has only had contact with the north London club.

He told Swiss website ’20 minutes’: “I had no contact with Lazio, but with Tottenham, yes.”

Yakin’s stock has risen this season after beating Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea twice in the Champions League group stage, although his FC Basel side failed to make the last 16.

Tottenham’s technical director Franco Baldini was present for the second of those victories over Chelsea last month, and was said to have been impressed with what he saw.

Yakin – a former Grasshoppers, Stuttgart and Basel defender – won 49 caps for Switzerland during his playing career, and has previously managed lower division Swiss clubs including Concordia, Thun and Luzern.

He was appointed manager of FC Basel in October 2012, and has done an impressive job since.

He was also linked to the Sunderland job until Gus Poyet was appointed at the Stadium of Light.

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