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Redknapp is likely to be tempted by England. (©GettyImages)
Redknapp is likely to be tempted by England. (©GettyImages).

With Harry Redknapp odds on to replace Fabio Capello as the new England manager; attention could soon turn to who will take on the mantle at White Hart Lane upon his departure.

Granted, a deal to make Redknapp the new boss of the national team is far from completed, but with bookmakers having suspended betting on the 64-year-old becoming the new permanent boss, the writing appears to be on the wall.

If Redknapp leaves Spurs, who is best placed to continue the progression of a squad that has sparkled since he took over in 2008?

Here are the six leading contenders:
 

Jose Mourinho
Age: 49
Current position: Real Madrid manager
Major Honours: Primeira Liga x2, Portuguese Cup x1, Premier League x2, FA Cup x1, League Cup x2, Serie A x2, Coppa Italia x1, Supercoppa Italiana, Copa del Rey x 1, European Cup x2, UEFA Cup x 1
Odds: 6/4 fav

Recent reports have suggested Mourinho has already decided to leave Madrid this summer, with the intention of returning to England.

Further reports suggested that Tottenham had already approached the Portuguese boss. His success in four of Europe's biggest divisions is unrivalled, while the media clamour to see him return to the Premier League make it a match made in heaven.
 

David Moyes
Age: 48
Current position: Everton manager
Major Honours: Division Two title x1
Odds: 5/1

Has worked miracles on a small budget with Everton, reaching the FA Cup final in 2009, and recent mumblings from the Goodison Park faithful over lack of ambition financially, hints that he may have done all he can on Merseyside.
 

Carlo Ancelotti
Age: 52
Current position: Paris St Germain
Major Honours: Serie A, Coppa Italia x1, Suppercoppa Italiana x1, Premier League x1, FA Cup x1, European Cup x2, UEFA Cup x2, FIFA Club World Cup 2007
Odds: 6/1

Built a reputation on succeeding with ageing sides, Ancelotti would be charged with winning the club's first league title for over 50 years.

After learning his trade in the lower echelons of Serie 'A' he hit the heights with Milan and most recently Chelsea before being crudely sacked last summer.
 

Tim Sherwood
Age: 43
Current position: Tottenham Hotspur Technical Co-Ordinator
Major Honours: None
Odds: 7/1

As was showed during the draw with Liverpool, Redknapp's existing backroom team are more than equipped to lead Spurs effectively. Small change would lead to limited disruption in the Spurs camp.

Sherwood's lack of experience could be a worry for a side who have ambitions of winning the title, and the move could be cited as a lack of progression, with star names likely to depart.
 

Brendan Rodgers
Age: 39
Current position: Swansea City manager
Major Honours: Championship play-offs x1
Odds: 10/1

Rodgers' stylish Swansea have caught the eye in the Premier League season, with their accurate passing game looking destined to result in a second season in the top flight.

His talent is as undeniable, but perhaps needs to prove himself with a bigger club before taking the plunge in the top four. Big potential.
 

Alan Pardew
Age: 50
Current position: Newcastle United manager
Major Honours: Second Division runners-up, Championship play-offs x1, Football League Trophy x1
Odds: 12/1

After a topsy-turvy managerial career, Pardew appears to be on the straight and narrow at a club that for a long time looked like it had hit rock bottom.

He's turned things around in just over a year, meaning The Toon are dreaming of the Champions League just three years on from being relegated to the Championship.

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