Mauricio Pochettino shortens as favourite in bwin’s next permanent Tottenham manager betting with every passing day and the Southampton boss is now a mere 1/2 to assume the gilet vacated by Tim Sherwood.
However, a revival in rumour-mill activity linking the Lilywhites with a move for Napoli’s Champions-League winning forward Goran Pandev could have more superstitious Spurs rushing to oppose the red-hot jolly with a 6/1 outsider who has himself been a champion of Europe.
The manager in question also has two La Liga Segunda promotions, two La Liga titles, a UEFA Cup, an FA Cup, a Community Shield, a UEFA Super Cup, a Supercoppa Italiana, a World Club Cup and a Europa League in his groaning trophy cabinet.
His name is Rafael Benítez Maudes, not to be confused with Rear Admiral Rafael Celestino Benitez, the highly decorated US Navy submariner.
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Benitez has previously arrived to join Pandev at both Inter Milan and Napoli and, if the opaque understandings of bwin’s crack squad of football traders are to be read at face value, it’s more than possible their paths may cross once more in north London.
Napoli, the Spaniard’s current club, are thought to be willing to part with Spurs’ January target this summer, although Talksport suggest Fiorentina are already plotting to test Lilywhite resolve with a £3.3m bid.
The 30-year-old hasn’t found starts overly easy to come by, but an overall record of eight goals and four assists in 35 appearances this term is drastically improved if only his efforts from the off are considered.
With such a stipulation in place, that modest return is morphed in to far more exciting figures of 12 direct contributions to goals in 25 matches.