One team to keep your eye on in terms of ins and outs prior to next season will be Tottenham Hotspur. Now, Jose Mourinho seems like a genuinely nice guy, but realistically how long will he stay at Spurs?
The fans haven’t yet taken to him following his previous links with Chelsea. They are currently eighth in the Premier League, they are out of the FA Cup and they are also out of the Champions League. Not a great season for the Special One.
We take a look at the possible candidates ready to take over the hot seat at Spurs, if Jose decides enough is enough, or more importantly if Daniel Levy feels the same way.
Spurs Next Manager: Eddie Howe @ 7/2 Paddy Power
Eddie Howe is the current manager of Bournemouth and he has been tipped for bigger and better things for years. He first took over as the Cherries manager in December 2008. He opted to leave the club in January 2011 to try his hand at being the boss at Burnley, it didn’t work out and he left the club in October 2012 citing ‘personal reasons. He was not out of work long, as that very same month he returned to Bournemouth as manager. He gained promotion with Bournemouth in April 2015, and up until this day the Cherries are still in the top-flight of English football – all thanks to Eddie Howe. The Spurs job would be a massive challenge for him, but if he wants to be regarded as one of the best in the business, he needs to take risks and get out of his comfort zone which is Bournemouth.
Spurs Next Manager: Chris Wilder @ 11/2 Paddy Power
Chris Wilder is quickly getting a reputation as one of the best managers in the Premier League. He was well known in the lower leagues, but not many in the top-flight were aware of how good he really was. As a player, Wilder spent most of his time at Sheffield United and Rotherham United, while having lengthy spells at Bradford City, Notts County and Halifax Town. As a manger, he has gained promotion with Oxford United and Northampton Town, while he guided the Blades from League One all the way to the Premier League. United are currently seventh on the league ladder and could actually qualify for the Champions League. Spurs could do a lot worse than going for Wilder, although he might find it hard to leave his boyhood club.
Spurs Next Manager: Gareth Southgate @ 7/1 Paddy Power
Gareth Southgate already has the best job in football, he is in charge of the England national team. But the pressure with that can be overwhelming, with the postponement of Euro 2020 he may look for a new challenge and a return to club football. He has managed in the Premier League with Middlesbrough, before taking the England U21 job. He was then promoted to the first-team job after a successful spell in temporary charge after Sam Allardyce resigned from the position after one game. In Southgate’s first major tournament, he guided England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and they then finished third in the 2019 UEFA Nations League. His last spell as a Premier League manager wasn’t really successful, but his stock has risen since then and Spurs may turn to him to bring some success to the club.
Spurs Next Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann @ 7/1 Paddy Power
Tottenham Hotspur fans love Jurgen Klinsmann and deep down they would probably love to have him as their new manager eventually. The former Germany international first joined Spurs in 1994 and scored 21 goals in 41 appearances before leaving the club to join Bayern Munich. He returned to England on loan in 1997 and managed to bag another nine goals in 15 matches. The supporters loved having a big name like Klinsmann scoring goals for fun, and they would love to chant his name once more. As a manger, he has been in charge of Germany, USA, Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. His time at Berlin didn’t last long, he announced on Facebook that he would be leaving the club after just 10 weeks. He wanted to remain on the club’s supervisory board, but main investor Lars Windhorst prevented that from happening. He is now out of work, so if Mourinho was to leave he would be ready and available.