Fabio Capello has had a mixed time as England manager; after an outstanding qualification campaign for last year’s World Cup, he oversaw a woeful performance from the national team in South Africa that drew widespread condemnation. But whether you love him or hate him, the Italian has just over a year left in the country’s top job– after Euro 2012, England will need a new man at the helm.
That man is more than likely going to be Harry Redknapp. Despite his age, he will be 65 in 2012, Redknapp is widely tipped to be the man to take charge of England. So if Redknapp does take his attacking brand of football to the national team, where does that leave Spurs?
Tottenham have progressed massively under the former West Ham and Bournemouth boss, a stylish, pacy style of play bringing a first foray into the Champions League. But Redknapp’s departure need not signal the end of the progress at Tottenham; in no particular order, here are my 3 picks to take over from ‘Appy ‘Arry.
Quique Sánchez Flores
After a strikingly successful start to his managerial career, 45-year-old Flores, a former Spanish international defender, is the current Atletico Madrid manager. The former right-back spent two seasons at Valencia as Rafa Benitez’s replacement, where he qualified for the Champions League each year, he followed this up with a respectable spell in Portugal at Benfica in 2008/9. Flores moved to Atletico in 2009, where he had a great start, winning the Europa League in his first year in charge, last season.
Flores is a young manager, who has already proved himself in Spain and could prove to be the perfect fit for Spurs. His team’s style of play represents Flores’ belief in free-flowing, attacking football, which would immediately endear him to Spurs fans and would suit the players Redknapp has brought to the club. With age on his side, a great record, positive tactics and good man-management, Flores should be seriously considered for the White Hart Lane hot seat.
André Villas Boas
‘Who?’ I hear some of you say; well, you may very well not have heard of him, and he may be a massive outsider but Villas Boas could just be the new Jose Mourinho. Andre Villas Boas is almost unique in that he has no playing experience of football, but he is building a burgeoning reputation as an excellent coach, having previously been Mourinho’s assistant at Porto, the club he now manages.
Employing a similar 4-3-3 formation to Mourinho, but with a more attacking focus, Boas has won an almost unbelievable 36 of his 40 games in charge of Porto, registering only 1 loss.
The Portuguese is well-schooled in the methodical, analytical approach to every minute detail that serves the scrupulous Mourinho so well, and, despite his age (just 33), the highly impressive Boas, who is a fluent English speaker, could be the right man to bring Tottenham Hotspur the long-term stability and success they crave.
The respected Scot has achieved all he can at Everton. With one top 4 and two top 5 finishes in the last six years as well as a FA Cup final appearance, Moyes has done very well by most clubs’ standards, but when you consider the tight constraints on funding imposed on him at Goodison, he’s almost a miracle-worker.
His teams have a clear sense of teamwork and commitment and the former Preston manager is able to bring the best out of limited players (e.g. Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert). The shrewd signings of the likes of Cahill, Arteta and Coleman suggest that with more money to spend, Moyes could really bring value for money to Spurs’ future purchases.
The move to Spurs would also suit Moyes, providing him with a great platform towards success: a well-off club, with good players, in a prime position to move forward, with a board willing to flex its financial muscle.
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