When a manager is sacked, usually the first people to make a prediction on who will be hired to replace him are the bookies. Today, they have not disappointed. Fabio Capello, former England manager, opens as the favorite to replace Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur. He's followed on the list by Tim Sherwood, who will almost certainly be the clubs interim manager, Guus Hiddink, and Michael Laudrup. The full list, with odds, according to Ladbrokes is as follows:
Fabio Capello 5/2
Tim Sherwood 6/1
Michael Laudrup 6/1
Guus Hiddink 8/1
Glen Hoddle 10/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 10/1
Frank de Boer 14/1
Luis Enrique 16/1
Capello being favorite is probably based on two factors: 1) Capello and Spurs Technical Director Franco Baldini always work together; and 2) Capello was at White Hart Lane yesterday. The problems with this are two-fold. First, Capello is managing a Russian National team that is headed to the World Cup this summer and stands a good chance of advancing into the knock out rounds. Second, Russia are paying the man big money and, if you recall Paris Saint-Germain's attempts to sign him this summer, his buyout is very hefty.
The other names on the list inspire various levels of "Meh". Tim Sherwood has been a good Academy Director, but handing him his first Premier League job at a time like this seems odd. Laudrup and Hiddink would be ok, but I'm not convinced either would be the best choice for the club in the long-term. Hoddle and Klinsmann are obviously horrible options. Frank de Boer would probably be a great get, but I'm not sure how realistic that is. Finally, Luis Enrique is another former Roma manager that Baldini might be interested in hiring.
We're going to be profiling a lot of these and some other managers that we think might get the job in the coming days. Spurs have a League Cup match against West Ham on Wednesday, so hopefully we'll at least know who the interim manager is by then.