Spurs coach Tim Sherwood’s days are reported to be numbered in the White Hart Lane home dugout, but rumours currently doing the rounds about who will take over as head coach seem increasingly optimistic.
Quite why former Liverpool and Chelsea chief Rafa Benitez would leave what appears to be a perfectly good job with Napoli for the circus that is Spurs is anyone’s guess, while ‘revelations’ that the north Londoners would like Borussia Dortmund super coach Jurgen Klopp are simply amusing.
Chairman Daniel Levy is also thought to be in constant touch with outgoing Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal, but some very big jobs are likely to come up this summer, including the Dutch coach’s old Barcelona gig, so Spurs may find themselves holding the baby on that one.
Tottenham have consistently looked abroad for their managers since dispensing with Glenn Hoddle’s services back in 2003, to varying degrees of failure.
Jacques Santini (remember him?), Martin Jol, Juande Ramos and Andre Villas-Boas have all ended up not working out and their culminated efforts made the four-season reign of Harry Redknapp – who cut his coaching teeth at Bournemouth in the 80s – feel like a sun holiday to the beleaguered Lilywhites faithful.
Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez have proved beyond doubt that there’s ample managerial talent proliferating outside the top tier of English football and Spurs should consider changing tack by taking a chance on outstanding Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Dyche’s record as a manager has been consistently brilliant since he took over from Malky Mackay at Watford in July 2011.
The Kettering native led a club that had been slipping towards relegation over the previous two terms to their first Championship top-half finish since 2007/08 in his sole campaign at the helm, before being sacked by new owners to make way for Gianfranco Zola.
Undeterred by the experience, Dyche took over at Turf Moor when Eddie Howe jumped ship for Bournemouth back in October 2012 and after a spirited but ultimately fruitless battle to reach the playoffs last season, Burnley have made huge strides back towards the Premier League in 2013/14.
They call him ‘the Ginger Mourinho’ in the north west and he played under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, but Dyche himself insists that his coaching ethos derives from studying how Barca pressed opposition during their spectacular Pep Guardiola era.
The Clarets would seal promotion with a 19/20 victory at Blackpool next time out, so long as Derby fail to land 17/20 win odds two hours later away to Doncaster, but with eight points between the teams and just six games remaining, Dyche’s men are as good as up.