Tottenham may move for former Chelsea boss this summer.
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Tottenham Hotspur have identified former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as a potential replacement for manager Harry Redknapp and may move for the Portugese this summer. Villas-Boas, who was sacked by Chelsea in March, has been highly recommended to Spurs’ Chairman Daniel Levy by Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.
Levy’s relationship with Redknapp has become strained after Spurs blew a ten point lead over North London rivals Arsenal to finish fourth and ultimately missed out on a place in the Champions League, after sixth-placed Chelsea claimed the crown in Munich. It is the second time in as many seasons that Spurs’ form has plummeted after Christmas, with this season’s rut coinciding with mass media speculation linking Redknapp with the vacant England manager’s job. Although Redknapp denies it was a distraction, he has conceded that others at the club felt he took his eye off the ball, with Levy believed to be among them.
Redknapp, who has one year remaining on his current deal, was offered a new contract at the height of the England speculation but, with Levy increasingly concerned about the 65-year-old’s priorities, the offer has since been withdrawn.
It is thought Levy would like to appoint a young manager under a director of football – a system he favours but was forced to scrap after the sacking of Juande Ramos – and the Chairman regards Villas-Boas as the ideal candidate. Spurs feel the 34-year-old was not given long enough at Stamford Bridge, where senior players pining for Mourinho undermined his regime. Levy is also an admirer of Swansea’s Brendan Rogers and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez but feels both lack experience of European football and may struggle under the pressure of challenging for a top four place.
Levy is, however, reluctant to sack Redknapp particularly as Spurs recovered sufficiently to achieve their pre-season aim of a place in the top four and may wait until next summer when Redknapp can walk away without compensation. Villas-Boas, meanwhile, is eager to remain in England and would welcome the chance to discuss a long-term project with Spurs.