World Cup '98 scapegoat perfect for Spurs job; Clarke boost for Chelsea?

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Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Chelsea, Tottenham and West Brom feature

When the news broke out over Andre Villa-Boas there wasn't so much concern for the man leaving White Hart Lane, but more curiosity about the man coming in. 

Tottenham legend Tim Sherwood is reportedly due a crack at the whip and is current favourite to land the job on a permanent basis. Behind him there is; Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup and Fabio Cappello. All big names in football management, although Hoddle hasn't managed in nearly a decade so could need a refresher.

For me, the most intriguing names are towards the bottom of the list. At 25/1 there is Roberto Di Matteo, former Champions League winner with Chelsea and has been reportedly waiting for a job like the one currently open at Tottenham. At 40/1 there's Roberto Mancini and Jurgen Klopp, both would be a massive coup for Tottenham if they could entice them to White Hart Lane.

Perhaps the most interesting one for me is 50/1 Diego Simeone. The name Simeone is infamous with fans that can still remember the game between Argentina and England in France '98. He is of course the player that went down like he had been shot, after David Beckham flicked his boot at him which ended up in Becks being sent off.

The Argentinian manager has worked hard in management, spending many years in his own country building up his reputation and when Atletico Madrid gave him a chance at the Calderon, he hasn't looked back.

Atletico finished 3rd in La Liga last season after a very good campaign, and this time want to go one better. They're currently 2nd in the league, on the same points and goal difference as Barcelona and look able to push them all the way for the league trophy.

In their current situation, I don't think Simeone would be interested in the Spurs job. However, if Atletico don't win the league this season then perhaps he will give up the gun of chasing the impossible ghost of La Liga silverwear, and could be tempted on becoming the man to take Spurs to Premier League glory.

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Rumours are flying around that former West Bromwich Albion manager could be reunited at Chelsea with his former boss Jose Mourinho.

I think people pay very little credit to really key staff that work close to the manager, and I've always thought working in Mourinho's shadow is a hard task. I believe he was instrumental in the success at Chelsea during their years as Premier League champions and him rejoining the club would be a huge boost to their Premeir League ambitions.

A very callous sacking by West Brom that could work out wonders for Chelsea, who he may give that extra boost in the later part of the season.

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