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Premier League

9 February 2012

Former Chelsea boss firmly in frame for Tottenham hotseat

Guus Hiddink could return to London as successor to England-bound Redknapp

Former Chelsea boss firmly in frame for Tottenham hotseat

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With Harry Redknapp the heavy favourite to become the new England manager, Ladbrokes are offering the chance to bet on his successor at Tottenham, with Guus Hiddink an interesting 10/1 shot.

Redknapp now appears a certainty to take control of the national side, following clearance on two tax evasion charges and with the former West Ham man often declaring his intent to manage his country in the past, he looks the outstanding candidate to succeed Fabio Capello.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not naive enough to believe that there is no chance of losing a manager who has delivered Champions League football to White Hart Lane, and with Tottenham well positioned to achieve a top four finish again this season, it is thought that Levy would prefer a manager with European experience at the highest level.

David Moyes is the top British candidate, priced at 4/1 in the Premier League, but his experience in the Champions League is far from vast, and his style of football may deter Tottenham fans from giving their full support to such an appointment.

Longer priced bosses Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert, 16/1 and 33/1 respectively, also lack the European pedigree to make them serious contenders for the post.

Of possible foreign appointments, Rafa Benitez knows what it takes to win the Champions League with an English club, and the former Liverpool boss could interest punters at 14/1.

Current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is also in the running as 4/1 joint-favourite for the post, but it is difficult to see Mourinho operating within the tight wage structure Levy has imposed at Tottenham.

Hiddink therefore, at 10/1, looks a great bet, having proven perfectly capable in European competition with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, as well as domestically by claiming an FA Cup during his short stint at Chelsea.

The Dutchman is currently out of work and would likely relish the chance to return to management in England.

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