Will Spurs ever find their Arsene Wenger?

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Since Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal, the Frenchman has seen eight Spurs coaches come and go - and that's not including caretaker managers.

Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement last season meant Arsene Wenger became the Premier League's longest-serving coach by miles.

Managers have dropped like flies ever since Wenger moved to London - but he has remained since 1996.

In that same time, meanwhile, Tottenham have hired and fired eight permanent coaches, with Andre Villas-Boas becoming the north London club's latest victim.

Spurs and Arsenal could hardly be closer on a tube map, of course, but the two clubs could not be further apart in terms of managerial stability.

Indeed, what Daniel Levy and his fellow directors wouldn't give for a Wenger of their own.

To an extent, the appointment of Villas-Boas was Tottenham's attempt to mould a younger version of the Frenchman.

Dipping into the European market, Spurs went against the grain to hire a younger, different manager: just like the Gunners did when they went for Wenger in the '90s.

But their success rate in searching for managers in Europe has never been high. Remember Christian Gross - who guided Spurs into the relegation zone? Martin Jol - who achieved relative success before seeing his side plummet down the table? Juande Ramos - who won the League Cup but then saw Tottenham plummet even faster than under Jol?

And let's not even get into Jacques Santini.

No, Spurs' best manager in recent years has come from England. There is no doubt that Harry Redknapp has enjoyed the most success of any Tottenham manager during the Wenger era, whatever excuse Levy may use to suggest otherwise.

But, even then, the 66-year-old was never going to last as long as the Arsenal boss for several reasons - the simplest of which was age.

So how much progress have Tottenham made in finding a stable, long-term manager after all these years?

The simple answer: none.

Who, then, will be mad enough to become the ninth man to try and rival the long-standing Wenger... And will this one at least last longer than 15 months?

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