3 Alternative Choices to Be Next Permanent Tottenham Manager

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentDecember 20, 2013

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 16:  Heracles Almelo Manager / Coach, Peter Bosz looks on during the Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and SC Heracles Almelo at Gelredome on March 16, 2012 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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If Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is looking for additional options to be the next permanent manager at the club, here are three alternative choices he should consider.

What defines alternative? A manager not named Frank de Boer (per Sky Sports), Michael Laudrup (per BBC Sport), Murat Yakin (per Sky Sports), Guus Hiddink (per The Mirror), et al.

The following three choices are not in the running to be the next permanent Spurs manager, it's just three suggestions for Levy.  


Lucien Favre, Borussia Monchengladbach, Age: 56

Should he arrive at White Hart Lane, his first move will be to offer Roberto Soldado to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Favre does not have a conventional No. 9 in his 4-4-2 formation as the "2" are deep-lying forwards who essentially form a midfield six.

This is why Gladbach are second in the Bundesliga for possession per game (56.3).

"The man behind this renaissance, Lucien Favre, has put together a team whose style of football is as attractive as it is successful," Bundesliga.com wrote. "Ultra-swift forward thrusts out of a very tight defence is the formula of choice for the 56-year-old tactician."

His two deep-lying forwards, Max Kruse and Raffael, are jet-heeled dribblers who can score and create.

Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela could be Favre's two deep-lying forwards at Spurs.

Unconventional? Yes.

But it's working for Gladbach, a team that have won five of their past six games and have accumulated the same amount of points as third-placed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga (32 points from 16 games).


Peter Bosz, Vitesse, Age: 50

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 16:  Heracles Almelo Manager / Coach, Peter Bosz looks on during the Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and SC Heracles Almelo at Gelredome on March 16, 2012 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Ima
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Dutchmen De Boer, Hiddink and Ronald Koeman have been mentioned as candidates for the Spurs manager job, per the Daily Star, but how about Bosz?

He replaced Fred Rutten, a manager who led Vitesse to their best finish (fourth) since the 1999-2000 season and has been more successful thus far.

Which team is on top of the Eredivisie right now? Ajax? Nope. PSV Eindhoven? Definitely not.

It is Bosz's Vitesse.

Talk about amazing progress after losing Wilfried Bony, who scored 31 league goals last season, to Swansea City and influential midfielder Marco van Ginkel to Chelsea.

The way Bosz has motivated Blues loanee Lucas Piazon, who went goalless in 11 league games on loan at Malaga, is one of the reasons why the 19-year-old has scored and created a combined 18 league goals in 15 games for Vitesse.

Maybe Bosz can work his magic on Erik Lamela.

The elephant in the room will be Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Three Chelsea loanees (Christian Atsu, Patrick van Aanholt and Piazon) are regular starters in Vitesse's starting XI, and there are a total of six Blues prospects on loan at Vitesse.

Abramovich's relationship with Vitesse owner Merab Jordania is so close that the Dutch club consulted the Blues over finding Rutten's successor, as reported by Voetbal International via Sky Sports.

Why would this be a problem for Levy?

Abramovich pulled strings with compatriot Suleyman Kerimov, the owner of Anzhi Makhachkala, to snatch Willian away from Spurs, per Jacob Steinberg and David Hytner at The Guardian:

Tottenham, who had seen off competition from Liverpool, thought that Willian was about to sign for them in a £30 million deal after he completed a medical on Thursday.

However, Abramovich finessed his contact with Kerimov and, to Tottenham's fury, Willian was on his way to Stamford Bridge, albeit for a slightly higher price. Tottenham, Mourinho suggested, had paid the price for not doing the medical "in secret".

So you would think Abramovich and Jordania will concoct a plan not to let Bosz, an early front-runner for the Rinus Michels Award (given to the best Eredivisie manager), leave for Spurs if he is targeted by Levy. 


Vincenzo Montella, Fiorentina, Age: 39

FLORENCE, ITALY - DECEMBER 12: Vincenzo Montella head coach of ACF Fiorentina looks during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 12, 2013 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo
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Fiorentina play free-flowing and possession-orientated football under Montella, whose team controlled midfield proceedings (55-45 possession) in a 4-2 win over Juventus in October.

This is what you expect when you start a midfield three of Borja Valero, Alberto Aquilani and David Pizarro, all three being exceptional technical footballers who have completed 87 percent (or more) of their passes this season.

Giuseppe Rossi, who has bounced back from ligament injuries, is world-class under Montella, scoring 13 times in 16 league games.

Soldado probably wishes he and Rossi could swap clubs.

Fiorentina are currently fourth in Serie A, and at the rate Montella is going, he will become one of the most sought after managers in European football.



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