Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capello Heads the List of Contenders for Spurs Job

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capello Heads the List of Contenders for Spurs Job

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FABIO Capello, Glenn Hoddle and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the Tottenham manager's position after Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas.

The 36-year-old's spell as Tottenham manager came to an abrupt end after the club announced he had been sacked, a day after Spurs' 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

Tim Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is set to be in charge for the Capital One Cup quarter-final at home against West Ham tomorrow, and will lead an interim team including Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand.

The humiliation by Liverpool, which followed a 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last month, appears to have been the final straw for the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, who delivered the coup de grace in person at the club's training ground in Enfield.

Tottenham said in a statement: "The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services. The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties."

Villas-Boas, who was able to say farewell to the players before his departure, leaves after 18 months in the post.

Bookmakers have installed Capello as the early favourite. Although he is currently Russia's head coach and due to take them to the World Cup finals, Franco Baldini, his former assistant at England, is Spurs' technical director, and Capello was at White Hart Lane yesterday commentating for Italian television. Other names linked with the post include former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann, currently coach of the USA, and a possible return for Hoddle.

He was in charge at Spurs between 2001 and 2003 but has not been in club management since Wolves in 2006, but Gary Lineker was among those backing the former England boss. Lineker said on Twitter: "Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind."

There are also whispers that Southampton's Pochettino, who has been hugely impressive at St Mary's, has attracted Levy's admiration though he is known to be fiercely loyal to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese. …

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