Mauricio Pochettino is hardening all the while as 3/5 favourite in bwin’s next permanent Tottenham manager betting, yet the scope of the Argentine’s achievements pales in significance next to those of Roma boss Rudi Garcia.
Lilywhites of a more train-spotterly nature will have been combing the internet in the vain hope of sighting reports linking the French 40/1 shot with the White Hart Lane dugout ever since Tim Sherwood’s exit was confirmed.
As yet none have transpired, but it’s hard to believe the former Lille manager hasn’t featured on Daniel Levy’s recruitment radar.
Twice awarded the French manager of the year award, Garcia achieved a league and cup double in his native land in 2010/11.
Subsequently he kept the ship steady as players such as Gervinho, Eden Hazard and Yohan Cabaye were sold off to the highest bidder.
Swapping the Belgian borders for the Eternal City upon the conclusion of the 2012/13 campaign, the change he has affected at Stadio Olimpico since has made clubs of the stature of Barcelona sit up and take notice.
Garcia took the reins at a side labouring under a Zdenek Zeman forged reputation for gung-ho attacking and scant regard for keeping the back gate tethered.
Furthermore they had just offloaded over €100m-worth of talent, yet, from the ingredients available to him, the new chef de l’equipe created a side that made a mockery of pre-season expectations.
Roma went ten games without dropping a point at the beginning of the campaign, conceding a single goal in the process and they’ll end 2013/14 in the second Champions League spot.
In doing so, their manager recorded a stellar win percentage of 71 per cent in all competitions, as well as displaying a talent for rejuvenating players out of sorts and low on confidence.
Gervinho and Maicon both arrived at his door with their reputations in tatters after chastening spells in the Premier League, yet both have played 28 league games or more in a brilliant season.
With a squad boasting more than one expensive signing lacking in confidence (step forward Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado) it’s all the more baffling that Tottenham haven’t put the feelers out in the direction of Garcia, the confidence-building overachiever.