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Next Tottenham Manager: The view from the terraces

Spurs fan Chris would like Pochettino to replace AVB
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With the dust settling on the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood getting his feet under the manager's table - for the time being - we asked Spurs blogger Chris Miller for a fan's viewpoint on the latest shenanigans at White Hart Lane...

"My personal choice would be Mauricio Pochettino, who can be backed at [18.5], but much will depend on whether Levy feels that it was AVB as an individual that was a wrong fit, rather than the structure he created and objectives that he set."

Is there any other club capable of self-destruction in quite the same manner as Tottenham Hotspur? Last season we managed our highest ever points tally in the Premier League, despite losing Luka Modric, Ledley King, and Rafael van der Vaart.

Andre Villas-Boas might have got lucky with Gareth Bale's rise to prominence, but he also oversaw it. This season, while the corresponding fixtures (swapping the relegated clubs for promoted clubs) show Tottenham to be just one point worse off than the 2012-13, things haven't been right.

The focus has been on Tottenham's inability to score goals, and rightly so - the lack of goals goes hand in hand with the lack of an obvious pattern to our attacking play. But it's defending that has seemingly cost AVB his job. Embarrassing home thrashings at the hands of West Ham United and Liverpool, plus the 6-0 destruction at the Etihad were enough to make Daniel Levy's trigger finger twitch.

So what next for Tottenham? In the short-term, Tim Sherwood, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey have been put in charge. Last season they did well with the Under-19s in the NextGen Series and have also been managing the Under-21s in the U21 Premier League, with some success.

Given that the job is Sherwood's in the interim, there seems to be a sense that it is his to lose - and that's probably why he is favourite at [3.9] at the time of writing. Remember that the Betfair market settles once the manager has been in charge for 10 consecutive league games.

The former Blackburn and Spurs midfielder was recently described by Swindon's chairman Lee Power (admittedly a good friend of Sherwood's) as "one of the most knowledgeable and forward-thinking men currently in the game". He has seemed to wield increasing power since his appointment as technical co-ordinator at Tottenham, and is reportedly highly respected within the club.

Making mid-season appointments is not always easy, and the market is a tricky one, with no stand-out candidate for the job. Fabio Capello ([16.0]) is in charge at Russia, and managed to take them to World Cup qualification (pipping Portugal to win Group F), but at 67 there has to be a question mark over whether he ticks the 'long-term appointment' box.

My personal choice would be Mauricio Pochettino, who can be backed at [18.5], but much will depend on whether Levy feels that it was AVB as an individual that was a wrong fit, rather than the structure he created and objectives that he set.

By that I mean that Pochettino is in the AVB mould; he's young, he's renowned as a coach, he has stated his intent on bringing through youth players, and he's seen by the Southampton chairman as one cog in a bigger machine ("the manager has an important role but is a department head like others").

It's also worth noting that the Argentine has played a similar style at Southampton to what AVB was seemingly attempting to implement; two midfielders that press continually, a creative three ahead of them, and a lone striker. The most impressive element to Pochettino's reign is that he has managed to significantly improve his players, helped by playing them in their favoured positions.

Spurs have a large and talented squad with plenty of attacking players, and there is still much to be excited about - but making the right appointment is the key to it all coming together.

Sherwood's first game in charge is the Capital One Cup quarter-final against West Ham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday. Spurs are [1.51] to win, with the draw trading at [4.6] and the Hammers available to back at [8.0].

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