Updates from Monday, May 19
Tottenham will step up their pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino this week, according to the Daily Star's Paul Hetherington.
Hetherington provides details of Spurs' expected approach:
Spurs have decided the former Espanyol coach is the man they want to take over from Tim Sherwood - and are confident they’ll get him.
Pochettino has one year remaining on his deal with the Saints, who are ready to extend his agreement both in length and financially.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, however, is determined to secure his target on a £3.5 million-a-year contract.
Updates from Friday, May 16
Mauricio Pochettino remains the favourite to become Tottenham's next manager, and the Mirror's Joe Batchelor claims the Southampton boss is not afraid to work with notoriously trigger-fingered chairman Daniel Levy.
Pochettino leads the list of potential appointments, per Oddschecker, and Batchelor reports that the Argentinian's future has faced just as much threat at Southampton as it would under Levy at Spurs:
Tottenham target Mauricio Pochettino will not fear working under tough boss Daniel Levy - after almost getting fired by Nicola Cortese in December.
Pochettino feels he has a better chance of making the top-four with Spurs’ massive budget behind him than he does with starting a ‘new project’ at St Mary’s.
But a source said: “It was being considered to let Mauricio go, but the players were all insistent he stayed. Mauricio is incredibly popular at the club and everyone really wants him to remain as manager.”
Southampton called a board meeting on Wednesday to discuss Pochettino's future, according to the Telegraph's Matt Law and Jeremy Wilson:
Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr held a board meeting on Wednesday night over Tottenham Hotspur’s desire to speak to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Club officials discussed how to approach the situation regarding Pochettino, and the offers for Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana.
Results of that board meeting are yet to emerge.
According to BBC Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have sacked their manager for the second time in five months, relieving Tim Sherwood of his duties at the club on Tuesday.
Sherwood only took over in December 2013 after Andre Villas-Boas was shown the door by Daniel Levy.
It has been a strange season for Spurs in the wake of Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid. Levy funded a mass spree last summer on a set of players who did very little in their first year at White Hart Lane.
The club qualified for Europe by coming in sixth in the Premier League and will now set the wheels in motion to find another coach for the next campaign.
Here, we take a look at the latest rumours on who will be Sherwood's successor in North London.
After a stellar season in charge of Southampton, the bookies have installed Mauricio Pochettino as their favourite to Daniel Levy's next appointment.
Casey quotes Sky Bet's Head of Football Trading, Paul Wiggins, saying, "De Boer was the initial favourite but Pochettino has been gaining support over the past few days as it looks likely that he'll lose his key players at Southampton."
I think he [Pochettino] is a very good manager. I think Tim has done well, but I don't think they know [their preferred target].
I think they will be searching around and trying to get the right man because the preferred target was Van Gaal, but he's obviously not going to be available because Manchester United have come in.
They were talking about experience and that's one of the reasons why Tim won't be still at the club, so if they are going for someone with inexperience of working at a big club you would probably go with Pochettino.
Pochettino's Southampton side have been in electric form this season with Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez amongst the Premier League's most consistent performers.
The Saints ended their current campaign in an impressive eighth position, finishing with just one defeat more than Spurs in sixth.
Pochettino has yet to hit an icy patch at St Mary's, so it is fair to wonder how he deals with pressure. The Spurs job will come with decidedly more stress than his current role, and the responsibility of reviving the fortunes of one of England's biggest clubs might be a challenge too far.
However, Levy will back his new manager in the summer transfer window, so Pochettino will have ample opportunity to impress his new employer and fans, should he become Tottenham's chosen one.
Frank de Boer
If Spurs are looking for a man who has experienced club success, they need look no further than Frank de Boer.
The highly decorated former player has been manager for legendary Dutch side Ajax for four seasons now and has won the championship every season during his tenure.
David Ornstein of BBC Sport claimed at the back end of April that Spurs had contacted Ajax over the chances of bringing De Boer to London, with the journalist writing, "A spokesman for the Amsterdam club told BBC Sport that Spurs approached their director of football Marc Overmars by telephone within the past month."
"I'm going to listen and talk. Then I'll make my feelings known," De Boer said.
The Dutch manager oozes class and pedigree, and he could be a very good long-term candidate to build a dynasty at the club.
He has a much more impressive CV than Pochettino and is sure to relish the challenge of managing in the Premier League.
Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is a man who has a big reputation in English football. The individual who won Liverpool their last European Cup has had an impressive season at the helm of the Naples giants, placing third in Serie A behind only Juventus and Roma.
As Chelsea manager, where he was vilified by their fans as a former Anfield boss, he led the team to an unlikely Europa League triumph, once again showing off his ability to win trophies.
The Metro recently reported that Spurs were considering a move for Benitez, attempting to lure him back into the world of Premier League football.
"Levy wants a respected ‘safe pair of hands’ with European experience, and Benitez, now in charge of Napoli, is being seen as ideal," the report suggests.
Who will be the next Spurs boss?
Benitez is indeed a proven manager, but his style of play will not suit the expectations of Tottenham fans.
Like David Moyes at Manchester United, the defensive and disciplined approach will turn fans off and Benitez's appointment could cause more trouble than it is worth.
However, if Spurs do offer Benitez the role—and with his fondness for English football—he would return to England in a shot, fresh for the challenge of stabilising the White Hart Lane club.