Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham tenure will not extend beyond the current campaign according to Sky Sports News, who report that Spurs will replace their current boss during pre-season.
An underwhelming run of results has seen the Lilywhites’ unlikely aspirations to finish in the top-four all but extinguished under the former Premier League winner’s guidance, while his outspoken approach to press conferences and post-match interviews can’t have won him many friends amongst Spurs playing and boardroom staff alike.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that a coach schooled on the continent will be parachuted into White Hart Lane this summer, with outbound Holland supremo Louis van Gaal the name most commonly linked to the post.
To rival the Dutchman, we’ve sounded out three candidates Tottenham – 53/100 to beat Sunderland in their next outing – should also be considering.
The Argentine tactician has shone since taking the Southampton reins from Nigel Adkins, reconfiguring the Saints from relegation battlers into a top-half outfit.
Utilising a cosmopolitan attacking style to great effect at St Mary’s, the former Espanyol boss should be able to get Spurs’ misfiring frontline in order, while he may also help extract the best from compatriot and club record signing Erik Lamela.
Well-respected in coaching circles for his dedicated, if not madcap managerial methods, the unconventional style the former Athletic Bilbao rudderman encourages can be magnificent to watch, if not slightly mind-boggling.
Pioneer of the niche 3-3-1-3 formation, the man they call El Loco is known to be incredibly exacting of his colleagues and, having guided Bilbao to two cup finals, is due a top job.
Little-known German chief Tuchel took over from Dortmund supercoach Jurgen Klopp at FSV Mainz and continued his predecessor’s impressive work.
He guided Die Nullfunfer to a fifth-place finish in the 2010/11 Bundesliga, a feat the team are currently aiming to best this time around, sitting four points off the final Champions League spot.