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Hoddle tipped as ‘stand-in’ Spurs manager by Lord Sugar

Sugar says former England manager is ideal replacement for AVB - but only temporarily.

Glenn Hoddle would be ‘a useful stand-in for a year or so’, as Spurs search for a new manager, believes the club’s former chairman Alan Sugar.

Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday morning following Tottenham’s 5-0 hammering at home to Liverpool, their worst loss at White Hart Lane for 16 years.

Chairman Daniel Levy has been criticised by some fans for sacking his manager after barely 18 months, while Lord Sugar told talksport that appointing Villas-Boas was a risk in itself.

Hoddle managed Tottenham between 2001 and 2003, and is among the favourites to take the role. And Sugar tipped Hoddle as a potential replacement – but only in the short term.

He said: “Glenn is Tottenham through and through, we all know that. He’s had his chance to manage Tottenham and he’s been out of football management for quite a while now, and I’m sure he would come running if he was asked to do the job.

“Will he succeed to the levels we want to reach in the long term? Maybe not, but I think he’ll be a useful stand-in for a year or so.”

Sugar also believes that minus Villas-Boas, Tottenham may struggle to achieve their minimum target for the season, to qualify for the Champions League.

He added: “We’ve got a problem, a mid-season departure of your manager is not good for a club of Spurs’ standing.

“It’s going to be difficult for Spurs to qualify the Champions League now, it’ll be a difficult job for someone coming in, to understand the players he has at his disposal and to see if he can get them working together.

“It’s not impossible because we’re still not that far away from the top-four, we have to stay positive, and that’s who the chairman has to look for, someone who can take the club forward.”

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