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Pundit’s Choice: Eddie Howe as the next Tottenham manager

Pundit’s Choice: Eddie Howe as the next Tottenham manager

Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team book their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with North London rivals Arsenal off the back of beating Watford and West Ham to reach the quarter-final stage, and thus seeking to make the last four for the first time since 2014. And they did just that by producing an accomplished performance at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, with goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli sealing a routine 2-0 success for Spurs, in turn earning them a semi-final clash with Chelsea in the New Year.

As such, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, who suggests that Eddie Howe is the ‘perfect fit’ for the club were they to lose manager Pochettino in the summer.

And while Spurs fans won’t want to entertain the prospect of the Argentine leaving their club, Redknapp is right to laud the Bournemouth chief as the ideal successor to the 46-year-old at the North London outfit.

Ultimately, the job Pochettino has done at Tottenham has been pretty remarkable in turning them into one of the best teams in the country, having done so with significantly less financial backing than the rest of the top six sides.

And in playing a hugely attractive style of football, as well as promoting young players and developing them into stars, it’s no surprise that the ex-Southampton chief is being touted for the permanent role at Manchester United come the summer – Real Madrid are also thought to be keen on the Argentine.

And while Tottenham fans will sincerely hope that chairman Daniel Levy is able to persuade Pochettino against a move away come the end of the season, if the worst were to happen and he did indeed leave, Redknapp is spot on to laud Bournemouth’s Howe as the man to take over at Spurs.

The Englishman has done a sterling job at the Vitality Stadium having taken over for his second stint in charge back in 2012, leading the club out of League One and through the Championship to eventually become an established Premier League team – this term is their fourth in the English top-flight.

And the 41-year-old has done so with an attacking brand of football which has left many neutrals enjoying watching his Bournemouth teams over the years – yes, they may not be the best at the back, but they always look a threat going forward and invariably create plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.

Significantly, even when times have been tough for Howe, he hasn’t shied away from his attacking philosophy – several managers may change their ways and play slightly more defensive upon winning promotion to the Premier League, yet Howe has continued with his ways.

And that attacking style of play, alongside the fact that he has helped build Bournemouth up to become the club they are in the modern-day, would surely be of huge interest to Tottenham chairman Levy were he to indeed lose Pochettino, as he eyes the man that can continue the Argentine’s great work at the North London club – Howe appears to be the man for the job.

As such, Redknapp is absolutely spot on to laud Howe as the man to take over from the Argentine – he appears to be the ideal successor to the Tottenham boss.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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