Hoddle spent two and a half years in charge at White Hart Lane between 2001 and 2003, and hasn't managed at all since July 2006, as he was sacked by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Since then, the former England boss has been running an academy, giving young players a chance to develop after being released by league clubs. His work with young players has seen him strongly linked with a return to the England setup as Under 21 manager, whilst Hoddle also confirmed that he had turned down a number of genuine managerial offers during his time with the academy.
Yet now, after all these years, Hoddle is being suggested as the successor to Andre Villas-Boas, who lost his job after a 5-0 home thumping at the hands of Liverpool. But could their new manager be a man who was in his peak as a player with Barcelona whilst Hoddle was Spurs boss in the early 2000's?
Frank de Boer was an outstanding player for Ajax, Barcelona and the Dutch national team during an illustrious playing career, and even had a spell in Britain with his brother Ronald at Rangers, so he's no stranger to these shores. However, it's his managerial record that has set tongues wagging this season, as the 43 year old has established himself as one of the brightest young managers in football with Ajax.
Under the stewardship of de Boer, Ajax have clinched three successive Eredivisie titles and sit just two points behind Vitesse Arnhem in the current standings. The club have also impressed in Europe, as they dismantled Barcelona 3-1 in Amsterdam, much to the delight of de Boer.
Spurs are an ambitious club with money to spend, and landing a name like de Boer could bring life back to the club. He has overseen the development of Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel, Toby Alderweireld and Vurnon Anita, as well as current Spurs stars Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen. The two would surely welcome the arrival of their former boss, whilst his work with young players would also help the progression of Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela, as well as fringe players like Ezekiel Fryers and Tom Carroll.
Landing de Boer would obviously mean paying compensation for his services, but at this point, Spurs need to make the right appointment – which might not necessarily be the cheapest one.
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