Five potential AVB replacements at Tottenham Hotspur

Jurgen Klinsmann

We take a look at five men who could take the role, should Andre Villas-Boas leave...

It looks increasingly likely that the writing is on the wall for Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas. The once prodigal son of world football management is looking increasingly as if he has lost the faith of the fans, players and hierarchy at White Hart Lane - with the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City the seemingly final nail in the coffin.

But with rumours growing pace of the Portuguese potentially getting the sack - we ask who might replace him?

Here are five potential options…

Michael Laudrup

Here is your front-runner, the bookies favourite and overall it seems the fan favourite.

The Swansea boss has performed wonders at The Liberty Stadium - but he does seem to be a shark swimming in a pond at the moment.

He speaks the language, he plays attractive and stylish ‘Tottenham football’ and he would likely jump at the move.

Likelihood factor: 4/5

Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine may still use a translator, but it appears he has no problem getting his point across to the Southampton players - who are excelling this season.

His swashbuckling attacking attitude and high press mentality would work wonders in regards to appeasing the disgruntled Tottenham fans.

The only issue would be his comfortable status on the South Coast and close relationship with chairman Nicola Cortese.

Likelihood factor: 1/5

Roberto Di Matteo

Could the Italian replace AVB … again?!

He did it at Chelsea, with aplomb. Now, with a reputation for winning a Champions League title, he remains hot property.

But it would follow something of a pattern to appoint him - and make Spurs look like Chelsea dud academy.

Likelihood factor: 2/5

Glenn Hoddle

He has been out of management for a while - but if Daniel Levy wanted to go with a home option here is the obvious choice.

A legend at Spurs and, before an ill-informed comment whilst England boss, a very talented manager - he has been out of the game since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006.

A fan favourite perhaps, but perhaps would not be the best decision.

Likelihood factor 3/5

Jurgen Klinsmann

Another man who is in Spurs folklore, but how likely is his appointment.

He reinvented the face of German football alongside Jogi Low and Oliver Bierhoff in midway through the last decade - but his only club management experience came in a disappointing year with Bayern Munich.

Currently managing the US men’s national team - and leading them to a World Cup, we doubt he will be arriving any time soon.

Likelihood factor: 1/5

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