Ex-Spurs striker Jürgen Klinsmann has emerged as a major candidate to take over the reins at Tottenham this summer, reports The Sunday Mirror.
The ex-Stuttgart, Internazionale and Monaco striker, who won the World Cup with West Germany, has quickly played down his interest in the role (The Daily Mail), however Klinsmann remains a 14/1 shot with Bet365.
With Harry Redknapp likely to become England manager this summer, here is a look at some potential replacements, starting with Klinsmann.
The German achieved cult status at White Hart Lane during the two seasons he spent there, first in the 1994-95 season and then again in the 1997-1998 campaign. Klinsmann scored 39 goals in 60 appearances, helping Spurs to an FA Cup semi final in his first spell, whilst he helped them avoid relegation on his return.
Klinsmann’s transition into management has been a fairly successful one. His first job was to manage to his country in a World Cup. A daunting task, Klinsmann did himself and his country proud, finishing third in the 2006 World Cup.
Klinsmann then took the helm at Bayern Munich, a club he spent two years at as a player. Whilst his win ratio was impressive at almost 60%, his spell at the Allianz Arena was an ill-fated one. Problems with the board forced Klinsmann out before the end of his first season.
The forty-seven year old is currently managing the United States national team, with Klinsmann busy preparing them for the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign this summer.
Would Klinsmann fit the bill at Spurs? His early managerial record is impressive, with his reputation ensuring he would be welcomed by Tottenham fans.
The main obstacle in the way would be the United States Football Federation, and their reluctance to let Klinsmann leave. Klinsmann has was appointed little more than six months ago and it’s unlikely they’ll let him leave without a fight.
The current bookmakers favourite for the job is Everton boss David Moyes. The Glaswegian is now in his eleventh season at Goodison Park, and the job he has done so far has been nothing short of oustanding.
Moyes has guided Everton to seven top eight finishes in ten seasons, with little to no cash from chairman Bill Kenwright. Moyes loyalty is unquestionable. He is currently the third longest serving manager in the Football League, behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
That being said, the strength of Tottenham’s squad, as well as the opportunity to spend some money would surely be an attractive propostion for the Scot. No-one at Everton would hold it against him if he left, surely?
Finally, there is Jose Mourinho. Probably the fans choice, the Portugese manager is keen on a return to England and Tottenham could be the perfect opportunity to stage his return.
A report in The Guardian last month stated Mourinho was ‘tired’ at Madrid, and that ‘The Special One’ was keen on a return to England. The main stumbling block for Tottenham could be his wages.
So, assuming Harry takes the England job, who would you like to see as next Tottenham boss?
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