Alan Curbishley and Kevin Keegan have already left Premier League clubs this season as manager, and the bookmakers can smell the blood of a Spaniard at White Hart Lane. Juande Ramos is strong odds-on with a number of firms to be the next gaffer to walk out of the exit door, with a certain national team manager rumoured to be first in line to succeed him.
However, the Press Association reports that Slaven Bilic has once again dismissed the possibility that he’ll be returning to the Premier League anytime soon. The Croat was heavily linked to the vacant West Ham manager’s position when Curbs walked away, while it’s easy (and some might say lazy) to suggest that he’s Spurs-bound simply because of the Corluka – Modric connection.
But he told BBC Radio Five Live: “I’ve been linked with many clubs in England and all I can say is that it is flattering. But I have my job with Croatia and that’s all I’m concentrating on.”
Both Modric and Corluka were taken to White Hart Lane by Ramos this summer, and Bilic added: “The Tottenham crisis has affected them but they are behind the manager and I can’t see a problem with them on the pitch.”
“It’s hard to believe but a lot of good teams have been in the same position. When something goes wrong, and then you get injures, red cards and bad luck, it’s frustrating. I know the situation they are but I’m sure it is going to get better. It’s a massive club and they are going to come back.”
Bilic clearly isn’t looking hard enough if he can’t see a problem with them on the pitch! Nevertheless, whether he’s interested in becoming manager or not, it would be a massive surprise if he or anyone else declared their interest in a position which was currently occupied. Would Tottenham fans like to see the Croatia manager at the helm, or is Magic Juande still the man to turn things around?