I know what your thinking ”another Spurs manager article?’ Yes. Deal with it.
But things have changed since last time. For one, with only 5 games left to go in the season, it seems almost certain Harry will be with us till the end. But what’s also changed is that more and more fans would be pleased (or at least not upset) to see him go.
So what’s changed with those in contention. Well at this point I defer to those good folks at Oddschecker Evens – Rodgers 7/2 – Moyes 10/3 – Kilnsmann 16/1 – Mourinho 8/1 – Bruce 20/1 (yes, Steve Bruce)
check the rest of the list here, as I’m not going to type it all.
Rodgers is now clear front runner. His quotes over recent weeks have seen him remain firmly planted on the fence. Stressing his love for Swansea, but also telling us he is an ambitious man. Rodgers had a surprising amount of support last time I wrote about this topic, and there were many convincing arguments. Starting to be won over, but still not a big name is he?
Klinsman remains in third, which is odd as he has given no indication that he would leave the U.S, that I imagine is paying him handsomely and allowing him to continue living the life in California, as he has been doing for several years. Don’t see it happening, and don’t really want it to anyway.
Mourinho seems unmoved, but in my opinion is becoming slightly less likely. Nothing to do with us, but rather Chelsea seem no closer to appointing and manager, and also Mancini’s position at City is becoming increasingly unstable. It may end with a three-way struggle for Mourinho’s signature, and although we would have a fair chance, we must be considered outsiders for Jose when competing with those Moneybags clubs.
There are plenty of new names in the upper echelons of the list. Steve Bruce? Paul Lambert? Roberto Martinez? Tony Pulis? All of these presumably stem from people saying of Rodgers, ‘talented young manager, with proven experience dragging a lower level team up the Prem’, and then looking around for other who fit that description. Are these a response to Spurs slipping to fourth? Bookmakers no longer think we look attractive to the likes of Mourinho or Ancelotti?
It ridiculous to jump to these conclusions from slipping one place, but that how the bookies often work.
One name of the rise that I do support however is Old Alan at Newcastle. Pardew has a mixed (being polite here) history of management but has now well and truly found his feet.
Let’s settle this once and for all. Who will Football Transfer Tavern readers be throwing their support behind (results of this pole will be e-mailed to Daniel Levy, and likely binned almost immediately).
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