Next Tottenham manager: The contenders

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Tottenham's search for a new manager has begun in earnest following the sacking of Harry Redknapp last week, who was relieved of his duties after almost four years at White Hart Lane.

It would appear Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is likely to favour a tactician with a finer grasp of continental techniques than his previous employee, and the north London club have already sounded out a number of candidates.

GMF takes a closer look at the favourites to succeed Redknapp at the Lane...

Andre Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas was the most sought after young manager in Europe only a year ago, but his reputation in England has taken somewhat of a battering following his spell with Chelsea.

However, it would seem the young Portuguese is still in demand in the Premier League having been considered for the Liverpool job, and now as the next Tottenham manager.

Spurs have already made contact with the representatives of Villas-Boas, and he is the clear favourite with the bookmakers to become the club's new boss.

Odds: 1/3

Laurent Blanc

The France manager is out of contract at the end of Euro 2012 and, although Les Bleus will be desperate to keep Blanc at the helm, he may find a return to club football difficult to refuse.

Blanc became national team manager two years ago after a successful spell with Bordeaux, and has transformed France into a footballing powerhouse once again.

Reports claim Spurs have already held preliminary discussions with the former Manchester United defender about replacing Redknapp.

Odds: 5/2

Ralf Rangnick

Schalke were the surprise packages in the 2010/11 Champions League under the stewardship of Rangnick, and he would bring a wealth of experience to White Hart Lane.

The 53-year-old has been out of work since resigning as Schalke boss last year due to exhaustion, and has since turned down approaches from both Norwich and West Brom.

The free-flowing football adopted with Schalke would certainly appeal to Spurs, and Rangnick is reportedly being considered alongside a number of other candidates.

Odds: 12/1

Jurgen Klinsmann

Klinsmann scored 39 goals during two spells with Tottenham, and would prove to be a popular appointment with fans, while his ideals would appear to be similar to those associated with Tottenham.

The 47-year-old does, however, have limited experience of club management, having been in charge of Bayern Munich for less than one season between spells with Germany and the USA.

It is unclear if Levy has made an approach for Klinsmann at this stage, and there are likely to be stronger candidates under consideration from the Spurs chairman.

Odds: 14/1

David Moyes

Moyes had initially been installed as the favourite to replace Redknapp, but his odds have been lengthened after the Scot claimed he has yet to be approached.

The Everton manager has been widely praised for the work he has conducted at Goodison Park - consistently overachieving on a budget far smaller than the Premier League's other top clubs.

Moyes, however, is not necessarily regarded as an exponent of the slick passing football associated with Spurs, and it would seem this has counted against him in the race to replace Redknapp.

Odds: 16/1

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