Carlos Queiroz Reportedly Expresses Interest in Managing Tottenham Hotspur

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2013

TEHRAN, IRAN - OCTOBER 15:  Carlos Queiroz coach of iran during AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers between Iran and Thailand at Azadi Stadium Tehran, Iran. on October 15, 2013 in Tehran, Iran.  (Photo by Amin M. Jamali/Getty Images)
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After five years away from the English top flight, former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has showed some interest in taking over at the helm of Tottenham.

Spurs are looking for a successor to Andre Villas-Boas after the former Porto and Chelsea boss was shown the White Hart Lane exit earlier this week following the North Londoners' 5-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend.

ULSAN, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 18:  Iran coach, Carlos Queiroz celebrates during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between South Korea and Iran at Munsu Cup Stadium on June 18, 2013 in Ulsan, South Korea.  (Photo by Amin M. Jamali/Getty Images)
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Speaking to Mani Djazmi of BBC Sport this week, Queiroz revealed that he "dreams" of returning to manage in England one day, noting:

Tottenham is a club I really appreciate a lot and I have great admiration.

One of my coaching dreams is to get back to English football. I was very happy in Manchester. It was the most happy and outstanding football period of my entire career.

The report also touches on the fact that Queiroz holds "some private connections" with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, although it remains a mystery as to what those may be.

Queiroz spent a total of five years under Sir Alex Ferguson
Queiroz spent a total of five years under Sir Alex FergusonShaun Botterill/Getty Images

The 60-year-old is currently managing the Iranian national team and has succeeded in getting his side to the 2014 World Cup—only the fourth time in their history that they have made it to the finals.

Therefore, a difficult choice could lie ahead of Queiroz, who could be presented with a crossroads that doesn't come around every day.

Of course, it's just as difficult a task for Levy, who is under pressure to appoint a manager who can make use of the major signings that Spurs made over the summer—using more than the £86 million acquired from the sale of Gareth Bale.

However, in the wake of his departure from Tottenham, it's been reported that Villas-Boas wasn't solely responsible for the failure to make those signings jell.

The Daily Mail Online's Matt Barlow alleges that Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches weren't wanted by the Portuguese manager.

Queiroz has worked with some massive names during stints at Old Trafford, Real Madrid and Portugal, while his ability to make the most out of fairly limited tools have been on fine display in his Iranian position.

The coaching veteran could now take up his first role as manager of a Premier League outfit, with Spurs being looked upon as a potentially huge project by many a tactician.