Tottenham manager contenders
The worst-kept secret of the year became public knowledge on Tuesday as Tottenham parted company with Tim Sherwood.
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Now we wait to find out who will be the next man in the Spurs dugout.
Sky Bet's Tim Clement takes a look at the main contenders for the job and what the firm's next Tottenham manager market suggests.
The Argentinian is receiving plenty of praise after leading Southampton to eighth in the Premier League by getting the best out of a talented young squad with an attractive playing style. Those qualities seem to fit the requirements of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who has stated: "We need to build on this season, develop our potential and inspire the kind of performances that we associate with our great Club." Pochettino's failure to sign an extended contract with the Saints has only served to fuel suggestions that he could be tempted away, especially if star players such as Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana are sold this summer.
Sky Bet's Paul Wiggins says: "Pochettino has attracted twice as much money as any other managers in the betting, suggesting punters see him as both the ideal fit for the post and likely to be interested."
The former Holland captain has built an impressive reputation by leading Ajax to an unprecedented four successive Eredivisie titles since taking charge in 2010. De Boer emerged as favourite to be the next Spurs boss as rumours emerged that the club had made an approach, suggestions which were swiftly denied. Non-committal quotes from the 43-year-old on his future at the Amsterdam ArenA have hardly dampened links, although the fact that his backroom staff currently consists of Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars could prove a stumbling block.
Sky Bet's Paul Wiggins says: "De Boer attracted a run of bets when initial favourite Louis van Gaal emerged as the main candidate for the Manchester United job, but interest has dried up somewhat since the Pochettino links have become more prominent."
The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager has the sort of experience to suggest he would be the safest choice on the list. However, it might well be the work he did at Stamford Bridge that would best prepare him for life at the Lane, having left the Blues with an enhanced reputation despite a lack of support from the fans and board alike during his interim role. Unlike the candidates shorter in the betting though, there seem few reasons to suggest he would be interested in leaving Napoli, who should be back in the Champions League next season after a third-place finish in Serie A.
Sky Bet's Paul Wiggins says: "Benitez would probably be the safest short-term appointment given his CV but he doesn't fit with Tottenham's tendency to appoint supposedly up-and-coming managers. He's attracted relatively little interest in the market and remains at his starting price of 5/1."
Unlike Benitez, Moyes is free agent after his disastrous reign at Manchester United came to an end, but would Spurs be willing to give the Scot an immediate shot at managerial redemption? Putting aside his spell at Old Trafford, Moyes all but once failed to achieve Tottenham's top aim of securing Champions League football during his 10-year period at Everton, albeit with a far smaller budget. As mentioned, Spurs seem to be convinced that an attacking style is the way to go, so Moyes' reluctance to deliver the fast and fearless football could work against him.
Sky Bet's Paul Wiggins says: "If we were looking at this market at the same time last year then Moyes would probably be right at the head of the betting but his appeal has certainly dwindled since that doomed spell with United."
Thomas Tuchel (20/1) is probably the least known name in the betting but he has built an impressive reputation in Germany, leading Bundesliga minnows Mainz into the Europa League before parting company with the club. Once odds-on favourite favourite Louis van Gaal is out to 25/1 as it appears more a matter of when than if he will be appointed as Manchester United boss, while Massimiliano Allegri, Roberto Mancini, Roberto Donadoni, Jurgen Klinsmann, Luciano Spalletti and Roberto Martinez are all priced at 40/1.