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Tottenham runners and riders: Capello the favourite

Following the news that Tottenham have parted ways with Andre Villas-Boas following a 5-0 home hammering at the hands of Liverpool, we look at the leading contenders to replace the Portuguese.

1. Fabio Capello (2/1)

In at number one is the former England manager and current boss of Russia, who is the obvious link due to his close association with Tottenham’s technical director Franco Baldini. The two Italians worked together at Roma, Real Madrid and England and have a very productive relationship. The more senior of the two men has won seven league titles and the Champions League in 1994 - a formidable record of success in the game.

Though Capello is currently focused on preparing Russia for the World Cup finals next summer, his workload will in truth be fairly light – leading to speculation that, like Guus Hiddink before him, he could take on a Premier League job on a part-time basis. He surely has something to prove in England after resigning a few months before he was due to lead the country at Euro 2012.

2. Michael Laudrup (4/1)

Swansea’s second season under their Danish boss has been a touch less stellar than their first, when they triumphed in the League Cup final, but it is not for nothing that Laudrup was mentioned as a potential candidate for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea last summer. He has developed a strong reputation for attractive, passing football which would appeal greatly to a Tottenham supporter base deprived of goals this season.

Laudrup was one of the most extravagantly talented midfielders of all time but his managerial career has been more unassuming. After winning three trophies with Brondby, he had mixed success with Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Mallorca before transforming Swansea last season. Tottenham, and the associated pressure that comes with the White Hart Lane job, would be a big step up.

3. Guus Hiddink (8/1)

Currently unemployed after leaving Anzhi Makhachkala in July, Hiddink has previous in rescuing London clubs mid-season having parachuted in to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea in February 2009, winning the FA Cup. His only defeat as Blues manager came at White Hart Lane and his reputation in England was greatly enhanced by his brief spell in the country.

Hiddink’s early reputation was burnished by his success in winning the treble with PSV Eindhoven in 1988, and he returned to the Dutch club to win three more league titles in 2003, 2005 and 2006, but latterly he has become known as an international specialist, enjoying notable success with South Korea at the 2002 World cup and Russia at Euro 2008, as well as taking Australia to the 2006 World Cup and managing Netherlands and Turkey too.

4. Glenn Hoddle (8/1)

No longer being punished for sins committed in a previous job, Glenn Hoddle is back in vogue 14 years after being sacked as England manager in 1999 for making some reprehensible comments about disabled people and karma. He managed the club he represented with distinction as a player between 2001 and 2003 but was sacked after failing to take Spurs forward.

Two years at Wolves did little to rebuild his reputation and since 2006 Hoddle has been out of the professional game, working as a media pundit and overseeing his own academy in Spain. The former playmaker has already been given the support of another former Spurs hero in Gary Lineker.

5. Tim Sherwood (9/1)

The Spurs coach and technical coordinator will step into the breach immediately as caretaker following AVB’s departure and he is a highly-rated figure in the backroom team having initially been recruited by Harry Redknapp in 2008. Sherwood has no managerial experience whatsoever to speak of, but is seen as a figure of authority at the club.

Sherwood won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers in 1995 during his playing days but the highlight of his four-year spell at Tottenham was a runners-up medal in the League Cup in 2002. Represents a cut-price option for Daniel Levy and is the continuity candidate.

Other contenders: Frank de Boer (12/1), Luis Enrique (14/1), Mauricio Pochettino (16/1), Juergen Klinsmann (16/1), Alan Curbishley (66/1).

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