Leading the Swans out of the Championship and keeping them in the Premiership until at least next season has shown Brendan Rodgers’ capabilities in the dugout. Daniel Levy will be impressed by Rodgers ability to obtain results without household names, yet his lack of European experience may be a negative as Tottenham try to get back into the Champions League.
According to Skybet‘s odds of 15/8 reflect many people’s opinion that Rodgers will be the man to lead Spurs post-Redknapp. Yet he has only managed for one year in the Premier League, which should be remembered when considering him for a position where Champions League and Premier League contention is a must over the next few seasons.
Having been with Everton for 10 years, David Moyes has the Premier League experience that Rodgers lacks. In addition, let’s not forget that Moyes steered his 2004/05 Everton side to fourth place and a Champions League spot (although granted they were knocked out by Villareal in the qualifying round). Moyes is adored by the fans of ‘The People’s club’ and with limited funds has developed Everton into a competitive Premier League side.
Yet in all honesty, during his time on Merseyside, little work has become available that could seriously tempt him from leaving the Toffees until now. With a talented backroom staff and more talented squad, Moyes could continue where Harry left off in building this Spurs side. Bodog’s odds of 3/1 and Skybet’s odds of 6/4 suggest he’s a top contender from the bookies’ perspective.
The question remains whether he wants to leave the People’s club or wait for the United position, that he has been linked with for so long, to become available.
The Chasing Pack
Paddy Power and Skybet are giving odds of 10/1 for the return of Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann to the top job, yet having only taken the Team USA position last year it seems more likely he’ll stay there at least until the 2014 World Cup.
Paddy Power also have José Mourinho at 12/1 to replace Harry, however leaving Real after delivering their first La Liga crown in four years seems unlikely. Alan Pardew and Paul Lambert have also been linked with the job but their own success this season may prevent them from leaving their posts at Newcastle and Norwich respectively.
Roberto Martinez is something of an outside bet as his struggles with a relegation bound Wigan team may tarnish his claim for the job, despite his 16/1 odds according to most bookmakers
Rafael Benitez could be the most overlooked candidate to be the next Spurs head coach. With plenty of Champions League and Premier League experience, Benitez is looking to get back into work and desperately wants a return to England.
Some have claimed a return to Liverpool could be on the cards if Kenny Dalglish can’t improve his fortunes. Yet the immediate vacancy at Tottenham, with a squad capable of competing in many competitions, could be too good to refuse. A partial outsider with odds at 25/1 from Bodog, Benitez should not be forgotten in the race to find Harry’s successor…
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