Tottenham manager’s job would be more attractive than Chelsea takes a look at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as destinations for Europe's top managers

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Harry Redknapp is the clear favourite to be named as England's next manager PA Photos

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Spurs a better proposition than Chelsea for Europe’s top managers

Who’s going to be the next Chelsea manager? Who’s going to be the next England manager? Aren’t we all asking the wrong question?

It seems beyond all doubt that the next manager in, and swiftly out, of the FA revolving door will be Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp.

And as for the Chelsea ejector seat, Rafael Benítez, Frank Rijkaard, Fabio Capello, or a foreigner with an impressive CV will undoubtedly be next to receive a healthy pay-off.

But the question we are all missing is who will take over at White Hart Lane? Chelsea are dominating the headlines far too much.

Forget ageing, Chelsea’s squad is full of veterans, who in their right mind would take on that job?

Now Spurs, that’s a different story altogether, a young vibrant squad on the up, wouldn’t that be a fantastic project that any manager would love to take on?

There is a chance to turn Spurs from a team of nearly men to league champions with the addition of a couple of key players, a solid foundation and a chairman who backs his managers.

This summer, Europe’s most coveted managers, such as Jurgen Klopp, Joachim Low and Pep Guardiola, would do well to turn their attention to the North of London rather than the cesspit that is Stamford Bridge.

Glenn Hoddle could be England’s solution

Glenn Hoddle has this week thrown his hat in to the ring to manage England this summer – and over the past few weeks there have been worse suggestions.

Hoddle’s managerial career came to a stuttering stop after he was unceremoniously dismissed by the Football Association in 1999 with below-par spells at Tottenham, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But prior to that he was showing signs of being a top-class manager, and as England’s top man he had a good record before losing the plot.

Hoddle had a 60 per cent win rate for England, up until a controversial interview with Matt Dickinson of The Times saw his position become untenable.

This aside Hoddle showed he had the character and stature to manage England’s top players.

He was not afraid of the big decisions, as his axing of Paul Gascoigne ahead of World Cup 1998 showed and he had the tactical nous to mix it with the best in the world, while he could obviously inspire his side – look no further than the courageous penalty shoot-out defeat to Argentina in the same year as proof of that.

Prior to England, Hoddle had started Chelsea’s golden era, bringing in the likes of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes, revitalising a stagnating club.

These days he has his academy and is a regular pundit on television, but if it’s short-term position the FA are looking for they could and maybe should look at a man who knows the role, won’t be phased by the pressure and has a job to finish after his previous attempt.

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