Five potential replacements for Tim Sherwood at Tottenham - Moyes and Benitez feature

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Tottenham sacked manager Tim Sherwood this afternoon, but who can we expect to see in the White Hart Lane hot seat next season?

Sherwood took charge in December after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, and whilst he leaves the club having won over half of his game in charge, the performances weren't up to scratch and chairman Daniel Levy clearly felt it was time for change - again.

A number of top managers will no doubt be linked with the club in the coming days and weeks, so here are five candidates that could be approached by Tottenham this summer...

Antonio Conte

It seems inconceivable that Juventus would allow Conte to leave the club – after all, he is a former player with 'the Old Lady' and has just secured the club's third successive Serie A title win. But all is not well in Turin, with Conte complaining that the squad at his disposal isn't good enough to compete domestically as well as in Europe. Their Champions League and Europa League have Conte under pressure to deliver, and Spurs could use this to their advantage by offering the Italian a huge transfer kitty and a squad of developing players.

Frank de Boer

Since Louis van Gaal became the clear favourite to land the Manchester United job this summer, Ajax boss de Boer has become the hot favourite to take over at White Hart Lane. Like Conte, the former Barcelona defender has won the title for the last three seasons and is widely regarded as one of the top young managers in world football. It may be seen as something of a gamble to target the 43-year-old, but he has shown huge potential during his time in Amsterdam that could make him an exciting candidate.

David Moyes

It's important to not forget the great work that Moyes did during his spell with Everton, but his legacy will now seemingly forever be tarnished by his nightmare reign at Manchester United. The Scot would surely to make the Spurs defence tighter, but after witnessing United's turgid attacking displays, the White Hart Lane faithful may not be too excited at the prospect of Moyes arriving in North London. A steady head who could bring a level of consistency back to the club, Moyes would certainly be under consideration from chairman Daniel Levy.

Mauricio Pochettino

Currently one of the main names in contention, Pochettino started his managerial career with Espanyol in La Liga and was enjoying a superb season in 2010/11, until the club's finances took over and they had to sell star players like Victor Ruiz, Didac Vila, Jose Callejon and Dani Osvaldo. He was sacked after a run of poor results but has bounced back in the Premier League with Southampton - even if he was derided by many when he first arrived in England. The Argentine has established the Saints as a top half side, but could go on to bigger things this summer with Southampton poised to lose their star players.

Rafael Benitez

It seems you either love him or hate him, depending on who you support, but Benitez enjoyed success with Liverpool before an ill-fated spell with Chelsea last season. The Spaniard is currently in Italy managing Napoli, but it's believed that Spurs chairman Levy is a huge fan of the former Valencia boss and sees him as the perfect man to take the club forward. Having only moved to Naples last summer, it may take an astronomical offer to tempt Benitez back to England, but he has made no secret of his love for the Premier League before.

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