Tottenham: 10 Able Replacements for Harry Redknapp
So, where do Tottenham go now?
After four eventful years with Harry Redknapp, who brought Spurs from the depths of relegation to the joys of Champions League football, Daniel Levy has decided to let 'Arry go, and now Tottenham are back to square one.
I don't know about you, but I don't see this as the smartest of moves by Mr. Levy. Even though Redknapp didn't get the Champions League football that was expected, Spurs still finished fourth and were only denied the Champions League by a thrilling Robin van Persie-led Arsenal run and a missed Arjen Robben penalty in Munich. Don't forget that their season too was plagued by injuries.
Redknapp had already taken Spurs so far, so why stop the development?
Either way, amidst reports of an already disintegrated relationship, and with the excuse of no Champions League football, Levy has let Redknapp go and Tottenham now need a new manager. Here are 10 able managers that can take the White Heart Lane helm and lead Tottenham to further success...or further mediocrity behind Arsenal.
With his credentials tarnished by his failures at Chelsea, AVB will be eager to return to London and reboot his "project" at White Heart Lane. With Spurs already interested in the Portuguese manager, we could see the "Project" Phase 2 in action pretty soon.
If appointed, expect a massive overhaul of the Tottenham squad.
Spurs fans, you're probably already drooling, but don't expect Klinsmann to leave a job after only recently taking up the US job.
But you can always dream... He is the ideal Spurs manager.
Sven Goran Eriksson
Will probably need Spurs more than Spurs need him. Where hasn't the Swede been coaching since he left England? Still a rather decent manager if leading Leicester to 13th place in the Championship is anything to go by (not really).
If approached, Eriksson will likely ask for a whopping salary and a nice executive box to keep all of his ladies. But he won't be first on Levy's list.
Decent choice, considering Spurs' Champions League ambitions. Benitez's CV has the coveted trophy in it, but will be looked down upon for his lack of consistency.
However, since leaving, Liverpool have been in shambles, and that will likely be stuck in Levy's head.
The third-longest-serving manager in a trigger-happy Premier League, David Moyes will likely be anxiously awaiting that call from Daniel Levy. The Scotsman will be relinquishing a new challenge in a role that he undoubtedly deserves.
Moyes has guided Everton to the Champions League and kept them just behind the big guns on a limited budget. In my opinion, he would be the ideal replacement for Harry Redknapp.
Frank de Boer
Contrary to his name, Frank de Boer's Ajax background will bring entertaining, quick-passing football to a team that is suited to that type of play. After winning the Eredivisie again, perhaps the Dutchman will be seeking a new challenge over in England.
If appointed, expect the arrival of a young Dane named Christian Eriksen, provided Luka Modric leaves.
Fresh out of the England foyer, the principled Italian will be eager for a last swan song in the country of his former employers. Whether Tottenham can afford him or whether Daniel Levy will be willing to give up some of his power to the Italian remains to be seen.
Otherwise, Capello would be ideally suited to Tottenham's ambitious nature.
If you can remember a few years back, an unknown club called Hoffenheim was wreaking havoc across Germany. This was the man behind it, and he is currently without a job.
Tottenham should pounce.
Rangnick has experience in the Champions League and has led Schalke beyond expectations to the Champions League semifinals. But after stepping down due to health, Tottenham will be wary.
Stuck in the football isolation that is the Russian Premier League, Luciano Spalletti will want a move back to football mainstream.
A talented manager, Spalletti led Roma, a club similar in stature to Spurs, to consistent Champions League football, and that will appeal to the likes of Levy and the board.
Spalletti has won two Russian Premier Leagues with Zenit as well as a Russian cup, so he will likely want a new challenge anyway. However, he won't be cheap considering he only just signed a new contract.
Like Klinsmann, Poyet would be ideal considering his past with Spurs. A bright young manager, Poyet led Brighton & Hove Albion straight from League 1 promotion to a strong 10th-place finish in the Championship.
Poyet has relative experience coaching in the Premier League as assistant during the ill-fated Tottenham reign of Juande Ramos, but he would be a gamble.
Did I miss anyone? Not Roberto Martinez, surely? Let me know.