As far as managerial rumours go, there have not been many more as exciting and confusing as the saga currently circling White Hart Lane.
Following AVB’s dismissal, fans, pundits, and pub landlords alike have all had their say on who should take over at Tottenham. While some believe we should plunder the young stars of European football, with Ateltico’s Diego Simeone and Frank de Boer of Ajax on the radar, others believe interim coach, Tim Sherwood, deserves a pop, or even club legend Glenn Hoddle.
But who are the best bets out there to back in the football betting markets, and who should you avoid at all costs? It seems chairman, Daniel Levy, won’t make a new appointment before midway through next week, so you’ve time to play the fluctuating odds:
Frank de Boer:
Known for his impressive, intelligent defensive displays in a Dutch shirt, de Boer would certainly provide some structure to a Tottenham back line that has leaked goals recently. He’s won three titles at the Ajax helm and looks good to claim a fourth this season so, although he’s 3.00 bet on football to move to London, Levy must convince him Tottenham can offer Champions League football next term.
Certainly the fans’ favourite for the post, Hoddle has been out of managerial action for an awful long time but his punditry often proves he hasn’t lost his touch. There is a risk Spurs could fall into the Newcastle and Liverpool trap of hiring former greats as managers (neither Shearer nor Dalglish, in his second spell, impressed) and the former England and Spurs boss would arrive with even greater expectations than he did when appointed manager in 2001.
At 6.50 to take the job, Hoddle is a good bet at these prices.
Another man priced 6.50 to take over at the Lane, Laudrup may feel now is the time to spread his wings away from Swansea. The Dane clearly has the managerial nous for better things than mid-table in the Premier League and, with Swansea in a rocky patch, may be tempted by Tottenham’s ambitions.
Roberto Di Matteo:
Out of work but with an impressive CV for someone with relatively little managerial experience, Roberto Di Matteo is a good outside shout. Let’s face it, few of us expected Levy to appoint AVB, Juande Ramos or Jacques Santini, so there is always a chance, at 34.00, of the Italian arriving.