Questions regarding the future of Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham’s manager have arisen following the humbling 6-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, and it appears that former Spurs winger David Ginola is trying to get an early foot in the door to take over at White Hart Lane.
The Frenchman spent three-years with the north London club which saw him become a firm favourite to the fans as he often dazzled in the Premier League, although he has since been working in the media as a pundit since his retirement in 2002.
However, Ginola has spoken of his desire to one day lead the Lillywhites, and with Villas-Boas’ future beginning to come under intense uncertainty, could he be set for a shock return to the club?
Unlikely, as he still has eight months to go until he has the required coaching awards to manage in the English top flight.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Breakfast show, Ginola said: “I would love to manage Spurs one day.
“I will have my Uefa A license in the next eight months. If you become a manager one day the obvious thing is to manage a club you like, you know and you love.”
The 46-year-old joined Spurs in 1997 from Newcastle United, and went on to score 22 goals in 124 appearances before moving on to Aston Villa and then Everton before bringing the curtain down on his playing career.
For Villas-Boas, he will not be too concerned by Ginola’s admission, with his attentions currently occupied on how he gets his misfiring squad to reach the potential that they were accredited with in many pre-season predictions.
Having spent over £110m on strengthening the squad after the £86m world-record sale of Gareth Bale, Villas-Boas has seen his side struggle to make a consistent run of form so far this season, with the City defeat leaving them eight points of the pace of league leaders and arch-rivals Arsenal.
However, Villas-Boas has shown signs of cracking in recent weeks, having hit out at fans for the negative atmosphere at home matches that both he and the players are experiencing.
Spurs suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to West Ham at the beginning of October, and fans were deeply unimpressed with the manner of the 1-0 victory over Hull later that month with many becoming disgruntled at Villas-Boas’ style of football.
More recently, they have suffered defeat to Newcastle United before Sunday’s loss at the Etihad, and bookmakers have slashed the odds on the Portuguese to be the next Premier League manager to leave a club from 33/1 to evens.