Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tottenham's New Manager to be Announced Soon

The announcement on the appointment of Spurs' new manager is expected at the beginning of July.  Media sources continue to produce conflicting reports on his identity but are agreed that a deal has been done. Further press speculation has mixed news on players - new signings, possible departures and injury concerns.

Andre Villas-Boas or Laurent Blanc
Andre Villas-Boas for Tottenham?
Today's papers allow you to make a choice when deciding on who will be appointed to replace Harry Redknapp as Tottenham manager in the coming days. The Mirror reports that an agreement has been reached with Andre Villas-Boas to take over on 1st July. The date would tie in with the end of the agreement that AVB reached with his former club, Chelsea, when he left Stamford Bridge in March. It is also reported on Sky Sports that AVB has turned down the opportunity to become manager of Sao Paulo in Brazil, according to their Director of Football.

Daily Mirror: Can You Start Right Away
Sky Sports: AVB Rejects Sao Paulo Offer

A report in Le Monde suggests that Laurent Blanc will take over at White Hart Lane, his contract with the French national due to expire at the end of the Euro2012 Championships where  France were eliminated at the quarter final stage in a two goal defeat by Spain. Didier Deschamps would then replace Blanc as manager of his country.

Le Monde: Blanc vers Tottenham

While both stories are credible, Andre Villas-Boas would appear to be the more likely choice for Daniel Levy. It will be a high risk appointment, in light of Villas-Boas' problems at Chelsea so fresh in everyone's mind.

News on Players
It is thought that Spurs have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim. It was thought that Sigurdsson who played under Brendon Rodgers at Swansea last season would join his manager at Anfield. Liverpool had reached agreement with Hoffenheim but Spurs have now offered improved terms to the Icelandic international who scored seven goals in eighteen Premier League appearances last season while on loan with the Welsh club.  

It is still expected that Spurs will complete the signing of Belgium international defender, Jan Vertonghen from Ajax. A deal has been completed with discussions between the player and Ajax delaying its completion. (BBC Sport)

These would be good signings for Tottenham, Sigurdsson impressed with Swansea last year and he would bring greater energy and pace to central midfield. Vertonghen would be a replacement in central defence for the ageing and injury prone pair of Ledley King and William Gallas, while also able to cove rat left back.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Rafael Van der Vaart may be on his way to his former club, Hamburg.

With the departure of Harry Redknapp, this was always a possibility. Van der Vaart has sometimes been difficult to fit into a balanced team - his goals and flashes of inspiration were amazing but it is something that may have to be sacrificed for the greater need of the team. 

Speculation and reported comments are paving the way for Luka Modric to depart for Real Madrid during the summer.

This is only to be expected. After the problems of last summer, Modric was very unlikely to remain for another year, even with Champions League football and now without it at White Hart Lane, it gives him the perfect excuse to move on - Spain will be fine.

It has been reported that Scott Parker who played in all of England's games at Euro2012 will miss the start of the season as he has to have an operation for an achilles injury. (Daily Mail)  

Parker worked tirelessly for Spurs and England throughout the season and he looked totally exhausted when leaving the field in that last match against Italy. He went into the competition having missed matches for Spurs at the end of the season and with England suffering other injuries in midfield Parker had to soldier on so it is not a surprise that he now requires surgery. Sandro and Jake Livermore will now have the opportunity to impress the new manager in the opening weeks of the season.

Who do you expect to be appointed as manager and do you think Spurs will be better off without Van der Vaart?



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