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Pochettino a better fit than Capello to replace AVB at Spurs

| 17.12.2013

Andre Villas-Boas may have had the best win percentage of any Tottenham manager in Premier League history, but the club’s heaviest home defeat in the top-flight for 16 years has led to him leaving by mutual consent.

A failure to have a single shot on target in their 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool is clearly a dreadful return for Spurs, especially with over £100m spent in the summer and Villas-Boas arguably no nearer to knowing his best team.

Some fans will be disappointed by the decision, pointing to the fact that they are only eight points off top spot in a division where there are arguably six or seven clubs with serious claims of competing for the Champions League places.

But, the fact that the crowd have not been the nosiest and the atmosphere down on what it previously was under Harry Redknapp suggests that Villas-Boas and Spurs were never likely to prove a total match made in heaven.

Meanwhile, there are signs that some of the issues that caused problems at Chelsea still exist, including using a high defensive line with players lacking in pace and failing to cope and deal with the pressure of adversity.

Attacking football is what supporters have come to expect and this is one reason why Fabio Capello may not be the right choice to replace Villas-Boas, even though he is the clear 6/4 favourite.

The other issue that Spurs have is that although they assembled such a talented squad in the summer, they have still only won two trophies in 20 years, which is not the sort of return that is likely to tempt some of the brightest managers in the game.

Jurgen Klopp would be one of the more popular choices among supporters, but 50/1 looks about right on the chances of a jump from Borussia Dortmund to White Hart Lane.

Tim Sherwood is to take temporary charge until a new manager is appointed and he is relatively short at 12/1 to be given the job full time. It is hard to believe the club will appoint a manager with no previous experience.

Glenn Hoddle is another that donned the club’s colours as a player and his penchant for passing and attacking football would sit well with supporters.

Hoddle is 10/1 to replace AVB, but given that he has not managed a club for seven years, there has to be doubts as to whether he is slightly out of tough with the day-to-day aspects of the modern game.

Looking at the other frontrunners, Michael Laudrup is 5/1 to be Tottenham’s next manager, while Mauricio Pochettino would be an interesting appointment at 12/1, given the positive impact he has had at a relatively short time at Southampton.

Pochettino would combine the high-tempo pressing in advanced areas, which was clearly lacking against Liverpool, with a solid defence and a style that enables attacking players to flourish.

Looking at the squad Tottenham have, there are obvious personnel that look ideally matched to Pochettino’s style and he is a manager that seems to have a lot going for him as a possible Spurs manager.