It has been reported that Harry Redknapp will be offered just a one year extension as Tottenham boss.
This if true it could be what is causing a sticking point, with negotiations ongoing and the club needing a resolution sooner rather than later.
There are a growing number of Spurs fans who feel disenfranchised with Redknapp, who claimed earlier this week the Champions League was 'overrated.'
Let's consider for a moment there was a parting of the ways, and Redknapp ended up leaving the club. Who would fans want in as a replacement?
Dream targets like Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klopp are just that, and with Liverpool snapping up Brendan Rodgers, even he is now unattainable.
There are at least three sensible options to replace Redknapp if it came down to it - all of who were recently linked with the Liverpool job.
The former Chelsea boss will have a point to prove, and on Chelsea's doorstep. Spurs did finish above Chelsea last season, albeit trophyless, and Villas-Boas would surely not encounter the same egos he had trouble with at Chelsea. He may be reluctant to re-sign the temperamental Emmanuel Adebayor on that basis. Unlike Redknapp, AVB has a proven success record in Europe when it comes to winning trophies, and will vouch for the importance of the Europa League, winning it with Porto in contrast to Redknapp sending out the reserves to play in it. Despite his tough time at Chelsea, he remains highly regarded and looked upon as one of the most promising and talented young managers in the game, and at Spurs he would be given time to rebuild by Levy.
How close Martinez came to taking the Liverpool job we will never know, but rumour has it that the Spaniard is now holding out for the Spurs job to become available. Also viewed as an astute young manager, his time at Wigan continues to defy the odds. Fans would for sure have reservations about his lack of top level experience elsewhere, but the positives include his keenness to have his teams play good passing football.
Benitez has long said he is holding out for a top job, and the Spurs role would fit the bill. Liverpool snubbed him, and he may bide his time for a return their one day, but it could be a while. It also looks like Chelsea do not want him given the history between him and the club bearing in mind their numerous Champions League clashes, but Spurs fans surely would not share the same objections. Benitez is seen as a top tactician who came within two points of winning the Premier League in 2008-09, and would fancy his chances of elevating an already strong Tottenham squad to the next level.
None of these men may be approached, Daniel Levy may have his eye on somebody else on the managerial rung. It could be that next season will be too soon, but they could be approached if they are still available for the 2013/14 season, if Redknapp does indeed take just one more year. Even so, it is fascinating to consider the possibilities open to the club right now. Should they be brave like Liverpool? Or should they focus on the many good aspects of last season rather than the bad?
Who do you want as Spurs boss next season?
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