As Spurs were being thumped 5-0 at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, Andre Villas-Boas must have known his time at the helm was up.
Chairman Daniel Levy watched from above as the talent he had brought in over the summer to mount a serious Tottenham title-challenge lacked confidence and failed to even test the visiting 'keeper as they lost for the second time this season by five or more goals.
Without a win against the top six and off the back of a 6-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium just under a month ago, it was clear that the results weren’t good enough and the £100M+ invested back into the team after the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid had not been justified.
It was a disappointing end for the young Portuguese manager who guided Spurs to a first win at Old Trafford since 1989 last September but we cannot live in the past and in such a fast-moving industry poor performances can cost you your job.
So with Villas-Boas gone, we need to look into the potential candidates for the vacant managerial position and I believe it could be very close to home.
I believe there are two leading people for the job available and they both have history with Spurs to go with their vast knowledge of English football.
Tim Sherwood has been put in temporary charge along with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey and will be given a chance to prove his worth as the new Spurs coach in games against West Ham United on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup and a Premier League encounter against Southampton next Sunday.
Sherwood has a great chance to put himself forward as the leading candidate if he can master two victories from the chances he has been given. The 44-year-old, who won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, also went on to have four years at Tottenham as a player under Glen Hoddle who, ironically, is his biggest competitor for the job.
Although the St Albans-born former midfielder hasn’t any managerial experience, he has been on the Spurs coaching team for five years since former manager Harry Redknapp brought him and Ferdinand in during the 2008/09 season.
As mentioned above, Sherwood is likely to face stiff competition from a former boss for the vacancy.
Hoddle has a long and illustrious history with the club with over 400 appearances in all competitions dating back to the mid 1970s as well as two years as manager from April 2001 until September 2003.
Hoddle is a Spurs legend and has an expansive amount of knowledge of Premier League football, in particular Tottenham. He also took charge of England for three years and also other club sides including Chelsea, Southampton, Swindon Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-year-old hasn’t been involved with a club since leaving Wolves in 2006 however he continues to be a regular pundit on Sky Sports.
With the signings made it promised to be an exciting season but that is yet to really ignite. It’s a big task for whoever gets the opportunity of turning Spurs’ season around.
Tottenham’s two likeliest applicants both have history with the club and I’m sure either one of them would be welcomed by the White Hart Lane faithful.
We must now wait for Mr Levy’s decision and see if it is Hoddle who will be making a dramatic return to the Lane as Manager ten years after departing or will it be Sherwood who becomes Villas-Boas’ successor.
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