One-time goalscoring hero from the Lane is the club’s first-choice target.
Tottenham Hotspur have drawn up a three-man managerial short list to take over from under-pressure head coach Andre Villas-Boas should the Portuguese fail to guide the north London club into the top four of this season’s Premier League standings come next May, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
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Villas-Boas may have only been in charge at White Hart Lane since the beginning of this current campaign, however, the former FC Porto and Chelsea manager was set the specific target of steering Tottenham into next season’s Uefa Champions League when he first took on the role.
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And despite a recent upturn in the north Londoners’ Premier League results, the pressure is still very much on Villas-Boas to ensure his expensively assembled squad do finish this campaign in the top four of the table, and with it gain entry into Europe’s premier club competition.
However, should the 36-year-old fail to reach that target, then it is understood that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy already has three contenders in mind with which to replace Villas-Boas, with his first choice being that of ex-Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann.
The German is currently coaching the United States national team, but it is said that he will quit his post after next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, although should Spurs fail to land their number one target, then the club will move for either Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup or Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino instead.