Laudrup, De Boer, Pochettino all say no - what next for Spurs and Levy?

With favourable options all turning down Spurs, was Levy wrong to dismiss AVB, and what next for the club?

Another day, another couple of the game's youngest and brightest managers distanced themselves from the Tottenham vacancy.

Today, both Michael Laudrup and Mauricio Pochettino ruled out leaving their present Premier League clubs to take over at White Hart Lane, and for differing reasons.

For Pochettino, the prospect of working at a club where the manager doesn't have final say on transfers is something he would be loathe to get involved in. So much for the continental approach eh Mr Levy! And for Laudrup, he can't see himself ever leaving a club in the middle of the season. If only chairmen had that same loyalty eh Daniel?

After Frank de Boer shuffled away from the various tenuous stories linking him to Spurs, one is left to think, just who can Tottenham bring in to save their season?

And if they can't find anyone, surely sticking with Villas-Boas would have been a more sensible choice?

Aside from the batterings against City and Liverpool, Spurs had actually looked like an improved outfit, capable of earning enough points to keep on the tails of the top quarter of the Premier League. With an inexperienced manager such as Tim Sherwood at the helm, who knows what will happen to the season? 

Levy seemed to act on impulse to the admittedly shocking result against Liverpool, and who can blame him, but the chairman is not a position where impulse decisions should be made, it is a position where the best interests of the club are considered, to leave them in the best possible position coming out of a crisis. 

Yes, most Spurs fans would say Tottenham have been poor this season. Yes, some results have warranted serious questions being asked of the management and coaching styles employed. But Levy has a responsibility to provide an improved alternative to what was already in place, and if that doesn't appear until the New Year, or even worse, the end of the season, then he can add poor businessman to the growing clammer of people calling him a poor chairman.

To put it simply, Levy needs to identify his targets as soon as possible, and if they're not available he needs to be looking at bringing in a manager with experience to lead the club as soon as possible. A Glenn Hoddle/Tim Sherwood coaching duo would be a safe way to go until the end of the season and provide a modicum of stability to the now ailing club.

A few weeks ago, and after the City defeat, I looked at December's fixtures and thought it was a month the team could recover in, a set of games that were all contestable. Now those games are looking tougher and tougher, and it has nothing to do with Tottenham's opponents.

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