How to shorten the shortlist for the shock vacancy at Tottenham

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The bookies’ top ten as ever mixes natty names and expensive duds


Judging by the best prices available on each candidate, these are the ten men rated most likely to replace Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. Which ones should be approached? Allow The Spoiler to narrow the field…

David Moyes (7/4)
Is Moyesy finally about to become unglued from the Goodison Park dugout? He has earned a big break but, for no known reason, a Moyes-Spurs blend doesn’t feel like a winning one to The Spoiler.
Worth considering? Yes

Roberto Martinez (5/1)
Dave Whelan has yet to hold a press conference on the Spurs vacancy so there has been no enquiry yet. The Wigan manager’s CV looks a tad bare for a top-four side, even one lacking the traditional reward.
Worth considering? No

Andre Villas-Boas (8/1)
The squat specialist is a bit of a mystery: ridiculously successful at Porto then absurdly unsuccessful at Chelsea. Spurs’ squad requires enhancing rather than overhauling, suggesting a smoother transition.
Worth considering? Yes

Fabio Capello (9/1)
A spectacular failure with England apparently, provided you overlook the whole having the best win rate of any ever Three Lions boss thing. Capello has won the title with every club he has coached.
Worth considering? Yes

Rafael Benitez (12/1)
Like Roberto Mancini and Arsene Wenger, Rafa is often ridiculed in the press for being foreign and not yet Jose Mourinho, but if you strike off his unwise stint at Inter, his managerial record is formidable.
Worth considering? Yes

Jurgen Klinsmann (14/1)
Despite much criticism along the way, Klinsmann’s spells in charge of Germany and Bayern were mildly successful, with the caveat that he didn’t actually win anything for employers accustomed to silverware.
Worth considering? No

Alan Pardew (20/1)
Pardiola was responsible, aided by some iffy lasagne, for one of the most embarrassing days in Spurs’ recent history. Has excelled at Newcastle, but needs another strong season there before moving.
Worth considering? No

Tim Sherwood (25/1)
Promoting a member of the coaching staff worked wonders when Martin Jol salvaged a messy situation involving Jacques Santini. The difference was, Jol had prior experience of being the main man.
Worth considering? No

Avram Grant (25/1)
Surely at least two noughts are missing off that price?
Worth considering? No

Luis Enrique (28/1)
Hyped as the new Pep Guardiola but failed miserably with an expensively assembled Roma squad, deciding that all that defensive mumbo-jumbo wasn’t worth worrying about.
Worth considering? No

The freshly shortened shortlist: Moyes, Villas-Boas, Capello, Benitez

Daniel, let the interviewing begin…

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