Tottenham have announced they have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino after five-and-a-half years in charge, with several names in the frame for his job.
Here, we take a look at some of the contenders who could be ready to fill the role at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, following Tuesday night’s shock news.
Could the self-styled ‘Special One’ take up another Premier League managerial post?
The Portuguese has been very positive about Tottenham since recently taking up a role as a Sky Sports pundit and will be desperate to show he can still cut it in England after a disappointing end to his Manchester United tenure.
He has won trophies wherever he has been, something that would certainly peak the interest of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, but the financial constraints placed on a man who became the first manager to rack up £1bn on transfers may deter the former Chelsea boss.
Another man with plenty of Premier League experience and several pieces of silverware on his CV.
Spent the last few seasons in England keeping Newcastle in the top-flight against the odds before moving to China but, despite the wages on offer in the far east, the Spaniard would surely be tempted back for such a big job.
Having worked under Mike Ashley at St James’ Park he would be more accustomed to the way Tottenham operate and would even have more freedom than he was used to at Newcastle.
If Spurs did not want to go for tried-and-tested winners and instead look for promise and potential – they could do much worse than look to the Bournemouth boss.
Howe is now enjoying his fifth consecutive season as a Premier League manager having led the Cherries to the promised land in 2015 and has finished ninth, 12th and 14th in the past three years.
Could he make the step up to a side challenging for honours as well as managing a bigger budget? It would be an interesting watch, especially as the 41-year-old encourages attacking football.
Erik Ten Hag
Former Holland international Ten Hag has been earning plenty of plaudits for the job he is doing at Ajax.
He took a group of promising, precocious players to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season only to have their hearts broken by Pochettino’s Tottenham – but he did collect the domestic league and cup double.
Like Howe, he promotes an attractive style and he also has a proven track record of working with – and improving – young players, with Tottenham’s academy often producing enough talent ready to be shaped and moulded into first-team regulars.
The 32-year-old shot to prominence by taking Hoffenheim into the Champions League and securing back-to-back top-four Bundesliga finishes at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
The German moved to RB Leipzig in the summer and has overseen a fantastic start to the campaign, with his side currently in second place in the top flight.
However, Tottenham will almost certainly face competition for his signature, with Bayern Munich also after a new boss.
Another man who believes fully in the ability of youth – England manager Southgate would surely be on any shortlist drawn up by Levy.
Not only has he given plenty of opportunities to exciting, up-and-coming talent, he has also worked with key members of the current Spurs squad – Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Three Lions skipper Harry Kane all having played international football under Southgate in recent times.
The one issue would be whether Southgate has the credentials in club management having been sacked as Middlesbrough boss with the club in the Championship in 2009 – his only club job to date.
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