Jamie Carragher: Tottenham should appoint Rafael Benitez

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Tottenham Hotspur should appoint Rafael Benítez if they sack Tim Sherwood

Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benítez is currently in charge of Napoli Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Carragher is urging Tottenham Hotspur to appoint Rafael Benitez as their next manager if Spurs sack Tim Sherwood.

Earlier this week, Ajax manager Frank de Boer claimed that the north London side had been in contact with a view to appointing the Dutch legend as Sherwood’s successor in the summer.

The current Tottenham manager, who signed an 18-month deal after replacing Andre Villas-Boas in December, warned De Boer that he would have a tough act to follow at his media conference on Friday.

He has a winning mentality, has had success at two big Premier League clubs already

Jamie Carragher

Liverpool legend Carrager feels Napoli boss Benitez would be the ideal man to take over at White Hart Lane.

“If they want to go for a foreign manager again, why not go for someone who knows our league and a history of winning trophies?” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“Personally, I think they should look at Rafa Benitez. He would love to work in England again but perhaps his pragmatic style of play wouldn’t be accepted.

“Yet he has a winning mentality, has had success at two big Premier League clubs already and has a rich European pedigree.

“For all their heritage, Tottenham are a team you don’t tend to take seriously when discussing who will be in line for silverware.

“For as long as I can remember, regardless of their style and flair, they have been seen by the outside world as a soft touch.”

Benitez won the Champions League and FA Cup during five seasons with Liverpool, before guiding Chelsea to Europa League glory last season.

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