5): Tim Sherwood - odds of 9/4
A Spurs player for four years during his midfield playing days, Sherwood, now 44, rejoined the club in a coaching capacity in 2008.
He will be the boss in the dugout when Tottenham take on West Ham United on Wednesday night and, while the club's official announcement of Andre Villas-Boas' successor has been ambigious over whether it would be a long-term appointment or not, Sherwood's stay may well be on an interim, or even auditionary basis.
I want Tim Sherwood or Micheal Laudurp to be the next spurs manager #COYS— Joshua Morris (@MorrisHotSpurs) December 17, 2013
Much rather have tim sherwood full time than capello or hoddle #COYS— Robbie'THFC'Stait (@RobbieStait) December 17, 2013
4): Glenn Hoddle - odds of 6/1
Technically-blessed attacker Glenn Hoddle began his managerial career in 1991 but has not bossed any team professionally since 2006 - and the game has advanced since then. The 56-year-old - himself sacked by Spurs when he was manager in 2003 - tossed his hat into the ring on Monday as the BBC claimed the opportunity 'interests' him.
Hoddle also has the backing of Gary Lineker, who Tweeted: 'Hoddle has a brilliant football mind'.
3): Guus Hiddink - odds of 28/1
The veteran manager is a proven winner and was even an FA Cup titlist with Chelsea in 2009. Hiddink was believed to initially be available, as he left Anzhi Makhachkala in July, but it has since emerged that he may have committed himself to the Netherlands following the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
His agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, told Press Association Sport: 'I would be surprised if [Hiddink] went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine that happening. He has just signed a contract with Holland and he has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them at the World Cup so I wouldn't take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham seriously.'
I think that Hiddink would be perfect for us, also wouldn't mind Gary Neville as our manager #COYS— Jay (@JayS___) December 16, 2013
Spurs can't get Hoddle he's had one go and did a shocking job. For me Hiddink. #COYS— Scott Harvey (@Scott_R_Harvey) December 16, 2013
2): Michael Laudrup - odds of 9/2
Trophy magnet Laudrup, 49, earned Swansea City a title in his debut season in English football, further revolutionising the way they play with tactical smarts, fluidity and transfer market nous. His appointment would be in keeping with Tottenham culture, with an onus on attacking spirit and gusto, but his representative has moved to quell any discussions linking his client with a move away from Wales.
Bayram Tutumlu told the Daily Mail: 'Michael Laudrup is very happy at Swansea. It is a good club and he wants to stay at Swansea.'
Laudrup would likely get the very best out of creative players such as Christian Eriksen and even Erik Lamela, who struggled for form and matches under Villas-Boas.
I'd personally want Michael Laudrup as manager, plays fast flowing, exciting football with neat passing, will get the best out Eriksen #COYS— Tottenham Analysis (@spursanalysis) December 16, 2013
Laudrup, Klopp, Pouchittino, Hoddle & De Boer should b only names on shortlist. Forget Capello & Huddink. Lets play football again #COYS— Paul Todd (@Spurs088) December 16, 2013
1): Fabio Capello - odds of 8/1
When news of Villas-Boas' departure first broke, Capello immediately became the clear 7/4 favourite but those odds have since been shortened following Sherwood's current status. There is a link to Tottenham, though, as Capello has long worked with Spurs technical director Franco Baldini, who may be keen to negotiate that reunion.
Capello is currently committed to the Russian national football team.
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