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Who takes over from Nuno Espírito Santo?

After 3 Premier League losses on the bounce, pressure is building on Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espírito Santo. Odds are shortening (5/2) and behind Steve Bruce Sky Bet make Nuno the next manager to be sacked. The Undrafted team look at potential take over options if Chairman Daniel Levy pulls the cord.

Jamie Evans

Candidate – Eddie Howe

I have been a big admirer of Eddie Howe since watching his escapades at Bournemouth. I think what he did with the cherries was exceptional. He kept them in the Premier League for 2 years with the majority of his squad still the same from the Championship/League One players that got them there. 

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Another thing that impressed me was that, no matter how big the match was, or how good the opposition were, he didn’t shy away from his playing style of football. Inevitably, that was his downfall at Bournemouth as the players just weren’t quite good enough. But I think he would rejuvenate this flat Tottenham side given the chance.

Chris Juffs

Candidate – Ledley King / Ryan Mason

Now, I’m not overly sold on the idea of one of the above managing a top European team, BUT… we all know how much Daniel Levy loves money right? 

He could save an absolute mint by just promoting a member of staff already at White Hart Lane. Ryan Mason didn’t do too bad a job last season, and it really wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up as manager again until the end of the season, or maybe in a more permanent role. 

Ledley King is a Tottenham legend, and again he’s a member of the backroom staff. Despite not managing previously, he’d certainly get the respect of the players and definitely the fans.

Murray Pugh

Candidate –Mauricio Pochettino

It wasn’t broken, so why did they try and fix it? I highly doubt Spurs would be where they are now had they have given Poch a bit more time. He’s now at PSG with 3 of the best players in the world, living it up in Paris. His job has been under dispute for some time in PSG and if he were to get the boot, Spurs should be straight on the phone. 

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PSG beat City 2-0 this week in the Champions League which should give Poch some time and I can imagine he’ll be there until PSG go out of the Champions League, which is when Spurs should swoop in and get him. It looks like Kane will be leaving this summer and keeping the rest of the players will be the most important thing for them. I believe with Poch going back they’ll all rather stay and fight for the manager who took them to a Champions League final.

Christian Obray

Candidate – Marcelo Bielsa

Now I know this appointment would cost Daniel Levy money which is probably why I should stop typing right here as that is very unlikely to happen. However, I actually called for Bielsa to be given the job back in the summer and I stick by that point now.

I think that Tottenham need a strong manager who is not afraid to set up a team to attack. Granted this season Leeds have started off extremely poorly, but that is not to say that Bielsa is all of a sudden a bad manager. I genuinely think he would be a great addition to Tottenham and would take them, with time, to a place where they are challenging for silverware. 

Mike Dougvic

Candidate – Graham Potter

I think he’s ready for a chance at a bigger club. His fluid, patient style of play is something the Spurs fans could really get behind whilst they are in this transition phase.

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Graham is known as a progressive coach who will happily adapt his tactics and lineups to suit different opposition, whilst always focusing on keeping possession and controlling the game. His Brighton side are known for creating lots of chances by using steady build-up play out of the back, and then fluid, quick interchanges in the final third to create space for runners. The issue, however, is that they have Maupey as a striker whose finishing often flatters to deceive. So with Kane and Son to lead the attack, it could be a match made in heaven.

He would need to make a few signings in midfield and defence before this Tottenham side could progress the ball the way he prefers, and I actually think Brighton’s midfielder Bissouma would be the type of player Tottenham need, so maybe they can get both of them. The big thing for me though, is patience. For Potter to fully implement his philosophy he would need at least a year, so all this talk of Nuno maybe getting the sack after only 6 games is not promising in that sense.

Matt Stan

Candidate – Scott Parker

First things first, as a Spurs fan, sacking Nuno is not the right move in my opinion. However, I can’t discount that the odds on him leaving are shortening by the day (currently 5/2 at time of writing). It makes little sense not to have someone in place to take over as we have seen. 

Looking at the brief, Tottenham need someone who knows the club, and how Levy and Lewis operate, also, someone who has experience in managing within the Premier League. I would also like someone who understand the importance of lacking the centre of midfield with attacking players, and the balance between the two, someone to rejuvenate Winks and co. Finally, someone who understands the young players at the club, and could bring them into the First Team more, Jack Clarke, Dane Scarlett, etc.

All this points me towards one man, who ticks all of the above boxes, Graeme Sounness, just kidding, Scott Parker. This would not be an easy appointment, Parker has only been in post for six months, and Bournemouth sit second in the league with a game in hand. However, I don’t believe he would hesitate at this opportunity, and the Cherries would struggle to stand in his way. Like all appointments, including Nuno, it will take time and patience to reap the benefits however.

The maverick choice…

Candidate – Xabi Alonso

Amending our brief slightly, we can resp§ect that recent choices have all had experience of the league but with variable results. What if I told you there was a manager available who was young and keen, and had been linked to recent vacancies at multiple Champions League clubs. Winner of a World Cup, 2 x Euros, 2 x Champions League, 4 x Winner of Europe’s top leagues as a player.

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Intelligent and articulate, Alonso recently won promotion with Real Sociedad B team who currently sit in their highest position for 60 years. From our perspective, more importantly those players he developed are now playing in the A team that sit second in the Spanish league.

The ability to develop and improve young players, and play an enjoyable brand of football sits within the Tottenham DNA from my perspective. Alonso has shown a desire to manage in one of Europe’s top leagues and will be frustrated as his current team lacks the quality and investment he needs now that his best players have been promoted to the first team. Strike now or regret it later.

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