Now that Andre Villas-Boas has been sacked by Tottenham the question arises about who will replace the Portuguese permanently at White Hart Lane.
Much of the speculation has focused on bringing in a Spurs old boy such as Glenn Hoddle or backing Tim Sherwood to make the step from technical director to full time management.
Spurs shouldn't do this. Sacking a manager should at least be an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on what has gone wrong. Giving Sherwood the job wouldn't do this. Like Franco Baldini and the now departed AVB they have been integral in getting Spurs into the situation they are now in. Spurs need to look outside their back room.
With this in mind what do Spurs need from their new manager. They need someone who
will command the respect of the players. They need someone of proven managerial acumen. Preferably with significant Premier League or at the very least top flight experience. Since it's White Hart Lane the manager also has to be committed to playing attacking football.
There is one candidate who fits these requirements. The manager of Swansea Michael Laudrup. As one of the best players of the nineties and a legitimate shot for a place in an all time world eleven Laudrup would command instant respect from the players. He has proven managerial success across Europe and in the Premier League.
Perhaps most importantly he is ambitious and look to play attacking football. At Swansea he built on the work of Brendan Rodgers taking a side that often passed the ball from side to side for the sake of it and giving them more attacking thrust whilst maintaining their signature short passing syle.
Laudrup is the best choice for Spurs.
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