Manager sacked in favour of Spurs flop AVB tipped for Tottenham job

Former Zenit St. Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti has been tipped to replace Tim Sherwood as Tottenham manager.

Spurs are currently coming off the back of a terrible week, where they lost 4-0 to Chelsea, 3-1 to Benfica then 1-0 to North London rivals Arsenal, and the run of three consecutive defeats has piled the pressure on manager Sherwood, who will almost certainly be replaced in the summer.

Louis van Gaal and Cesare Prandelli, who will manage Holland and Italy at the World Cup respectively, have both been linked with taking over this summer, but the departure of Spalletti from Zenit has put the Italian back in the frame, having been previously suggested as a replacement for Andre Villas-Boas back in December.

The irony of it all is that Spalletti is set to be replaced in St. Petersburg by the Portuguese coach, leaving Spalletti without a club - and FIFA agent Shandor Varga stated that Spalletti won't be returning to Italy, and could end up managing at White Hart Lane this summer.

"AC Milan and Inter both dreamed of signing Spalletti but Zenit didn't want to let the manager return home. Now in Milan, Seedorf and Mazzarri are sure to remain in charge next season so Spalletti has no chance of returning to Italy.

"A move to England? Why not? Working at Zenit Spalletti has proved he can calmly adapt to another country and achieve results. I would not be at all surprised if Luciano ends up managing Tottenham."

"He knows how to work with stars, which is very important for the London club's president Daniel Levy."

Reports in Russia suggest that Spalletti has already made contact with compatriot and Spurs technical director Franco Baldini about potentially taking over at White Hart Lane, but should Spurs really appoint manager who is considered as an inferior option to Villas-Boas?

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