‘Tottenham should appoint Rafael Benitez as Tim Sherwood’s successor’

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson reckons Tottenham should appoint Rafael Benítez in the summer

Current Napoli manager Rafael Benitez Photo: The Sport Review

Tottenham Hotspur should appoint Rafael Benitez as their manager this summer, according to Mark Lawrenson.

Tim Sherwood, who signed a deal until the end of the 2014/15 season after replacing Andre Villas-Boas in December, has come under increasing pressure after Spurs’s top-four bid was derailed.

He has the money to pay for a top-line manager and with the likes of Rafa Benitez (who I think would be a good choice) and Louis van Gaal in the frame I can see movement at White Hart Lane

Mark Lawrenson

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal and Frank de Boer have been tipped as potential successors to Sherwood at White Hart Lane in recent weeks.

However, former Liverpool defender Lawrenson reckons Spurs would be best served appointing current Napoli boss and ex-Reds manager Benitez.

“A good win over Southampton for Tim Sherwood but I’m convinced he will be gone in the summer,” Lawrenson said in the Mirror.

“Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be painted as the bad guy, just as he was when Harry Redknapp got the sack. But the decision won’t be his.

“It will be that of owner Joe Lewis whether Sherwood gets Tottenham into the top four – against the odds – or not.

“I can just see Joe saying: “We need a top experienced manager to get us over the line and into the Champions League.”

He added: “He has had a taste of the top competition under Harry and wants more. That’s why he won’t want to gamble again next season.”

“He has the money to pay for a top-line manager and with the likes of Rafa Benitez (who I think would be a good choice) and Louis van Gaal in the frame I can see movement at White Hart Lane.”

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