Two moves Tottenham must make to ensure Champions League return

With Tim Sherwood finally gone, club chairman Daniel Levy must act fast, but sensibly to crack the top four once more.

Tim Sherwood was the wrong choice for Tottenham Hotspur from the beginning. His brusque and careless media style, coupled with bizarre team selections, angered fans and brought about his downfall.

In order to maintain the supporters’ and the players’ trust, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy needs to instigate the following two moves:

Appoint a proven manager

Although Louis van Gaal seems to have more or less agreed to take on the project at Manchester United, there are several world-class managers still available to Levy. Frank de Boer and Rafael Benitez both have proven track records, while Michael Laudrup is without a club. There are also riskier candidates out there, such as Mauricio Pochettino of Southampton and the sacked United boss David Moyes. Any of these candidates would be a step-up from the exciting but raw Sherwood, although the trophy pedigree of De Boer and Benitez is more appealing (although the latter seems well settled at Italian club Napoli).

Sign the perfect left-back and striker

These two spots have been Spurs’ weakness since Harry Redknapp’s time in charge. While midfielders have come and gone from year to year, the problem areas have been ignored. Plugging these holes with great but obtainable players would be a long overdue step in the right direction. My suggestions would be Fabio Coentrao, Leighton Baines or maybe even taking a risk on an aging but free agent Ashley Cole, while Romelu Lukaku should be the top target to lead next year’s attack.

It may seem a bit too simplistic, but with a star-studded squad at the disposal of whoever is appointed and the chance to start a new season fresh, Tottenham have just as good a chance as any of their rivals to push for Champions League football once again.

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