The ever increasing tide of speculation, for who will fill, Redknapp’s position as Tottenham Hotspur manager has reached fever-pitch levels. The decision rests with the Board members at THFC, but various newspapers from around the globe, as well as pundits from a variety of media publishing companies have suggested they have ‘a Man In The Know’ who has undisputed knowledge of the new Coach’s name.
On this website, items written by several CSSC members have cast ‘in their honest opinion’, whom they have a preference for the job, and also why, they would reject others. The list of possible candidates has grown considerably since Thursday morning’s announcement that Harry Redknapp had left Tottenham Hotspur FC, after the Board refused to extend his contract.
Initially, David Moyes of Everton, and Roberto Martinez of Wigan were the first and second names to be heard, respectively, with the names of Capello, Benitez, Klinsman, Pardew, Poyet and Andre Villas Boas added soon after.
Moyes flew in from his US vacation and announced that he had not been contacted by Spurs, yet. Martinez was not contacted. Klinsman was not available for the vacancy and Pardew wished to remain at Newcastle.
AVB’s name has become the firm favourite for the job, and it has drawn in mixed views from bothSpurs and Chelsea fans, as to his suitability. For those who do not know AVB, here is a quick insight. Andre was born in Portugal in 1977 and speaks excellent English, due to his English grandmother. He has never played professional football due to an eye disorder, but was recruited by Bobby Robson at the age of 16 in the Porto Observation department and also to gain his FA coaching qualification. This was followed up by studying coaching methods used by Ipswich Town FC. By the age of 21, he was the coach of the British Virgin Islands national team, before returning to Porto as understudy to Jose Mourinho, following him to Chelsea and Inter. He is known for the new tactics and exciting attractive style he employed at Academica, where he took the team from bottom to 11th and lost to Porto in the semi-final of the domestic cup.
The following year he joined Porto and won the Super Cup, The Portugese title, the domestic cup and the UEFA Cup, with Porto remaining undefeated for the whole season.
Chelsea paid £13.3m for his services. The problem started when the Board at Chelsea wanted to change the old guard with new younger talent and this did not sit well with the older squad. So, they turned on the manager and played below par, bringing poor results leading to AVB’s exit in February. Would Chelsea pay a huge sum of money, for a manager that was incapable?
Reading what the Chelsea fans have written on their forums, 90% have the opinion that, although it sickens them to think about it, AVB will do well at Spurs. The style of football that he plays is more suited to Spurs than Chelsea. He would be out to prove to Chelsea that he is capable and thus in the process, hurt Chelsea on every occasion.
For Spurs, he will bring a fast attacking style with great strategy. His name will influence, in our favour, top quality players from around the world. If he is a success, his youth will give THFC the chance of a long term manager for the future.
The sceptics will point to Juande Ramos, who arrived with an awesome reputation of achievements, and was little more than mediocre.
Today Spurs have the possibility to change their course for the future. We stand to lose world class players that have run out of patience waiting for the ‘Big Time’ to arrive, and with their sale, will add coffers for purchases of new blood, to bolster the team and help push to greater heights, and hopefully soon, to trophies and titles.