Spaniard is Levy’s preferred choice.
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Tottenham Hotspur want Wigan’s Roberto Martinez to succeed Harry Redknapp as manager.
The 38-year-old Spaniard tops a shortlist that also includes Everton’s David Moyes, ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The north London club released a statement this morning confirming that Redknapp, who led Spurs to two top-four finishes in three seasons, had been sacked but did not quit the club, as was widely reported.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been preparing for the 65-year-old’s departure since February, when Fabio Capello walked-out as England manager, leaving Redknapp as the ‘people’s choice’ for the role.
Levy favours a young, tactically-astute manager who can build a dynasty at Spurs and 39-year-old Brendan Rogers, who left Swansea for Liverpool earlier this month, was his number-one choice before the Anfield club came calling.
Spurs will now turn to Wigan’s Martinez, who was also courted by Liverpool, but will also seek talks with both Moyes and Villas-Boas. It is understood Levy is interested in reinstating a director of football at the club, a system he was forced to scrap when he appointed Redknapp in October 2008.
Jurgen Klinsman, a legend at White Hart Lane, is also on the club’s radar but there are reservations about his lack of experience in club management, while Levy is also cautious about handing the job to a former fans’ favourite after his first appointment, Glenn Hoddle, failed to make the same impact in the dugout as he did on the pitch.
After a playing career spent mainly in the lower leagues of English football, Martinez has established himself as one of the most promising managers in the Premier League. Against all odds, his Wigan side have survived relegation in the past three seasons and last season they rallied to finish 15th, beating Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal along the way.