Following yesterday's announcement that Tottenham have decided to dispense with Tim Sherwood, attention has turned to finding a replacement.
Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer are the pair most strongly linked with the vacancy at White Hart Lane.
Ajax manager De Boer has already indicated he would be interested in talking with Spurs and after winning four Eredivisie titles in a row his credentials are as high as they are likely to be as long as he remains in the Netherlands.
"Spurs have made an approach," the former Barcelona and Rangers player said at the end of last month. "I'm going to listen and talk. Then I'll make my feelings known."
But it is Southampton manager Pochettino who is emerging as the front runner and reports today suggest the Argentine is open to an approach.
Pochettino has been coy over his future at St Mary's but his position on the south coast has always seemed unstable since the departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese, the man who brought him to the club, midway through the season.
"It's up to the board to discuss with me the new project that will be in place for next season," Pochettino, who has one-year remaining on his contract, said last week. "It's not up to me to decide when those talks will happen."
Tim Sherwood's most entertaining moments
Tim Sherwood's most entertaining moments
1/6 Sherwood finds a replacement
In what was his final game in charge of Tottenham, in one of the funniest moments of the season, Sherwood invited a fan to take his place in the White Hart Lane dugout towards the end of the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. Sherwood then directed the supporter to his own seat and gave the fan his famous gilet to wear. Sherwood explained afterwards: 'That guy sits up there every week I'm here, and he's telling me: 'Get him off he's rubbish, he's an embarrassment, he's this, he's that', so I invited him down to show what he can do. He half-bottled it at first but in the end he took it up.'
2/6 Saluting Adebayor
Cringe! When Sherwood replaced AVB the first thing he did was recall Emmanuel Adebayor. It worked out great with the striker banging in the goals on his return. Sherwood couldn't hide his pleasure when the Togo forward scored against Sunderland, giving his player a salute which was returned.
3/6 Fighting with Jesus
Sherwood accused his Benfica counterpart Jorge Jesus of 'lacking class' following their meeting in the Europa League. For some bizarre reason Jesus waved three fingers in Sherwood's direction after his side scored a late goal to make the score 3-1 at White Hart Lane. It stemmed from Jesus shooing Sherwood out of the Benfica technical area earlier in the match. The pair didn't shake hands at full-time.
4/6 Gilet throwing
The gilet received almost as much attention as Sherwood during his brief reign. It was the fashion choice that divided the football world. Whether Sherwood decided he'd had enough of it or was angry at seeing his side concede an early goal to local rivals Arsenal, either way he threw it in down the tunnel.
5/6 Criticising his players
The former Blackburn captain had no qualms about openly criticising his players and at one stage told them all that they were playing for their futures. He explained: 'I'm a manager, not a babysitter'.
More than anything else, Sherwood will be remembered for speaking his mind while in charge of Tottenham. Just last weekend, with speculation over his future increasing, he was happy to explain how he saw the situation: 'I am doing this job with a lot of uncertainty around my future,' he said. 'If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they are not treated with the respect that a headmaster is.'
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To counteract interest in their manager, Southampton are understood to be in talks to persuade the former Espanyol coach to stay. However, the likely departures of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana this summer may weaken their position.
Yet if Pochettino leaves St Mary's, according to the Telegraph he personally faces paying Southampton £2m in compensation. While a signing-on fee of similar value may be able to be agreed with Spurs, it could complicate any move.
Tottenham's interest in Pochettino will come as little surprise with the 42-year-old impressing since replacing Nigel Adkins at the club, particularly in establishing some of Southampton's emerging talents such as Shaw. Saints finished eighth in the Premier League.Reuse content