After the European Championships next summer, Fabio Capello is set to step down as England manager with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp tipped as favourite to take charge of the national side thereafter and so the Transfer Tavern releases its shortlist of Harry replacements…
Redknapp recently claimed, “There’s not and Englishman who would turn the job down” when it came to managing the national side, and with the majority of England fans desperate for the next manager to be English, Redknapp is certainly leading the race to take over this time next year.
Should he take charge of the national side, Redknapp will leave Tottenahm after a successful spell in which he has already taken them to the Champions League quarter-finals, and mounted a challenge to the top four in successive seasons. His achievements for this year are of course yet to be determined, however the Spurs boss is adamant that his side can compete once again for Champions League football next year,a nd should they do so, this would be a fitting way to end his career at White Hart Lane.
So Redknapp looks set to take over from Capello; but who will take over from Redknapp? Sources from deep within White Hart Lane have suggested that former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood is being lined up as a potential candidate for the position, after establishing himself as a fan favourite throughout his playing career.
Sherwood is currently assistant first-team coach at Tottenham, and made 93 appearances for the club between 1999 and 2003, and while he may not possess the same kind of managerial credentials or experience as some of the previous names at White Hart Lane, Sherwood is certainly in the frame to take over once Redknapp leaves.
Another former Spurs player being linked with the role is a certain popular German – one Jurgen Klinsmann. In his playing career, Klinsmann established himself as one of the top European strikers, and scored 21 goals in just 41 appearances for spurs in the 1994/95 season. Unlike Sherwood, Klinsmann does have the relevant managerial experience that may be required at White Hart Lane, having previously managed both the German national side and Bayern Munich, and he is currently in charge of the United States national side.
Klinsmann was also incredibly popular among the Spurs faithful, and he has been tipped as one of the front-runners to take over from Redknapp should he leave next summer.
A third and final name floating around at the moment, is Everton manager David Moyes. Though it is of course still early days, and Redknapp’s future itself remains to be clarified, Moyes has been rumoured to be keen on the role at White Hart Lane after enduring inconsistent seasons with Everton.
Everton qualified for the Champions League back in 2005, but have since finished 11th, 6th, 5th, and 7th last year in the Premier League, and have never really mounted a serious challenge to qualify once more. Moyes’ frustration with his players is believed to play a role in his decision to leave Everton, and with a current crop at Spurs capable of achieving a top-four finish, the highly rated manager may be on his way to London this time next year.
Who do you think will take over from Harry?