Most England fans will be pleased to hear that Fabio Capello will step down as national coach after the European Championship in 2012.
The Italian's popularity has dwindled over the past year, following his team's half-hearted and dim-witted performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and his handling of the England captaincy issue more recently.
The bookmakers' favourite to replace Capello next summer is Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who has enjoyed a successful three-year stint in North London, having guided Spurs, the Premier League's perennial underachievers, to fourth in the league last year and to the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League this term.
It seems that this is almost a foregone conclusion, provided that Redknapp's court case over tax evasion this summer does not bring too much shame on the former England international. Such is the lack of viable alternatives that Redknapp's murky past and lack of silverware or experience managing at the very highest level does not seem to be an issue for the F.A.
But how will Tottenham, currently fifth in the top tier and in a strong financial position, replace a man with such charisma, knowledge and presence?
Whoever they eventually choose could have a say in the futures of young stars such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Luka Modric.
Will chairman Daniel Levy put his trust in a younger manager such as Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann (pictured), who created a breathtaking style of play during his tenure as German national coach? Will Premier League management experience be the critical criterion? Or will the club want to make a statement of intent with a star signing?
In this slideshow, I look at 10 possible future Spurs managers (in order from least to most likely candidates) who would look to build on Redknapp's sterling work and create a name for themselves alongside the likes of Bill Nicholson and Arthur Rowe as managers who make history in N17.