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Redknapp's ready replacements

ESPN staff
June 15, 2012
Is David Moyes on his way to Spurs? © PA Photos

Following Harry Redknapp's dismissal from Tottenham, we pick out ten men who could step into the hot seat at White Hart Lane.

David Moyes
The overwhelming favourite to land the job, Moyes is believed to be Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy's first choice. The Scot, who has just celebrated his 10th anniversary as Everton boss, has yet to commit to an extension to his 10-year tenure - leaving many Toffees fans fearing the worst. After a decade at the club Moyes may yearn for a fresh challenge, one that offers more opportunities to assemble a squad capable of winning trophies. There is no doubt he has done remarkable things at Everton, where he has consistently churned out competitive teams despite being restricted by a shoe-string budget. With the Toffees seemingly having to sell before they can buy, Moyes may feel he has taken them as far as he can, and a call from Levy may be gratefully received by the highly-rated 49-year-old.

Roberto Martinez
Despite his Wigan team being marooned at the bottom of the table during much of his reign, Martinez has won many admirers for the way his sides have played their football. The Spaniard isn't one to turn shy away from a challenge, successfully guiding the Latics to safety in three successive seasons - no mean feat when you consider some of the predicaments they have found themselves in during that time. He was heavily linked with the Liverpool job earlier this summer, with Brendan Rodgers winning that particular race. He may have missed out there but his ambitious is obvious, and it's only a matter of time before he moves to a club in the top half of the table. The question is: could he handle the step up? There's only one way to find out...

Alan Pardew
Pardew's stock has risen considerably after he led Newcastle to the brink of Champions League football on a budget last term. His exploits at St James' Park saw him named the League Manager's Association and Premier League manager of the season, while the brand of football Newcastle produced was admired by many, not least the Toon Army. The Newcastle fans appear to have taken him to their hearts - which hasn't been the case with many of the club's previous managers - with the signings of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse proving masterstrokes. Consequently, with Newcastle blossoming under his watch, Pardew may not be tempted by a move to a club he may no longer deem to be a step up.

Rafael Benitez
Former Liverpool manager Benitez won't be everyone's first choice at Spurs, especially having seen his time at Inter Milan come to a sorry end only six months after his arrival. It's hard to ignore his Champions League pedigree, however, after he led Liverpool to European glory in 2005 and took them to the final in 2007. The Spaniard enjoyed a successful first period at Anfield before losing his way somewhat, and his departure - in 2010 - was always on the cards following a turbulent relationship with American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Currently unemployed, Benitez may be tempted by a return to the Premier League, although the fact Spurs aren't in the Champions League next season could be a deal breaker.

Jurgen Klinsmann
Former Germany international Klinsmann would be the romantic choice for many Spurs fans after he earned legendary status following two spells with the club. A top class striker in his playing days, Klinsmann would restore the feel-good factor at White Hart Lane while bringing a winning German mentality that would undoubtedly freshen the place up. He took Germany to the 2006 World Cup semi-finals and he oversaw the USA's first victory over Italy, snapping the 10-match winless streak against the four-time World Cup winners back to 1934 - not a bad accomplishment, even if it was a friendly. It hasn't been all rosy since Klinsmann hung up his boots, with his record during the 2008/2009 Bundesliga season, while managing Bayern Munich, reading 16 wins, 6 draws, and 7 losses.

Fabio Capello has a strong CV © Getty Images

Fabio Capello
Capello may not have come out smelling of roses after his England exit but the Italian's CV - particularly at club level - remains an enviable one. He has won the domestic league title with every club he has managed - in Italy and Spain - and he won the Champions League with AC Milan in 1994. The 65-year-old, who is currently a free agent, has a wealth of experience and his thirst for silverware will not have gone unnoticed by Levy. The drawbacks? He's likely to demand a hefty salary and his English is, well, less than brilliant.

Sven Goran Eriksson
The Swede has struggled since leaving Manchester City in June 2008, with indifferent spells in charge of Ivory Coast, Mexico and Leicester City, but he can still boast a decorated CV: three Portuguese titles and a Serie A crown, to name a few of the trophies he has collected. In contrast to Redknapp, he is renowned for his tendency to get teams well-organised and hard to break down, and he has invaluable experience of managing top-name English players. He might not be the worst pick on a short-term contract, if some of Spurs' other preferred candidates are unavailable this summer.

Frank de Boer
A cultured centre-back in his playing days, De Boer's aesthetically-pleasing style of football will no doubt satisfy the Spurs fans' desire to see the ball kept on the floor and passed around at a high tempo. He has pocketed two Eredivisie titles while in charge of Ajax, and would know how to get the best out of defender Jan Vertonghen, who played for him in Amsterdam and who was linked with a transfer to Tottenham before Redknapp was dismissed. De Boer also has experience of the British game, following a spell with Rangers in 2004.

Didier Deschamps
A former Chelsea hero, Deschamps enjoyed a glittering career as a player, guiding France to World Cup glory in 1998 and the Euros two years later. In his first stint as a manager, he bagged the Coupe de la Ligue title in 2003 with Monaco before taking the French outfit all the way to the Champions League final the following season. A poor start to the 2005 season led to his demise but he added further gloss to his growing CV by helping Juventus return to Serie A at the first time of asking in 2007. He resigned from his post, taking a break before being handed the reins at Marseille, where he captured a first Ligue 1 title for the club in 18 years. More domestic cup glory followed last term but, after Marseille limped to a disappointing 10th place in the league, Deschamps might not need too much persuading to flee the Stade Velodrome.

Andre Villas-Boas has more to offer despite not succeeding at Chelsea © PA Photos

Andre Villas-Boas
How times change hey Andre? It seems only yesterday Chelsea were forking out £13 million to Porto for the Portuguese's services, and yet, fast forward 12 months, Villas-Boas finds himself out of a job with his ego severely bruised after a torrid nine-month tenure at Stamford Bridge. Despite his traumatic experience, Villas-Boas deserves another crack in England - lest we forget he did guide Porto to League, cup and Europa League treble in 2011 - and he has said he is looking for another "project" to sink his teeth into. If Spurs want to pass the baton to a 34-year-old with a point to prove, they could do worse than Villas-Boas.

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