Five Contenders to Replace Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur

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By Nick Howson | December 17, 2013 1:32 AM EST

Fabio Capello                   Odds: Evens

Current: Russia national team manager

Honours: AC Milan: Serie A title 1991/91, 1992/92, 1993/94, 1995/96, Champions League 1993/94, Real Madrid: La Liga title 1996/97, 2006/07, Roma: Serie A title 2000/01

Credentials: Among the most experienced and most successful managers in European football history with a wealth of knowledge and tactical know-how. Enjoyed a taste of the domestic game during a four-year spell as England manager and most recently helped Russia beat Portugal to automatic World Cup qualification for Brazil next summer. Relationship with technical director Franco Baldini helps his cause.

Reception: At 67 years old, with the reputation of playing turgid defensive football and the nature of his acrimonious departure from England  before Euro 2012, the odds-on favourites represents an unpopular option for chairman Daniel Levy. Known as a disciplinarian and without a club job since 2007, Capello would have little time to adapt to new surroundings not least and with international commitments to juggle also, a permanent role at White Hart Lane after next summer seems more likely.

Michael Laudrup              Odds: 9/2

Current: Swansea City manager

Honours: Brondby: Danish Superliga 2004/05, Danish Cup 2002/03, 2004/05, Swansea City: League Cup 2012/13

Credentials: Learned his trade across the continent, centrally in Spain with Getafe and Mallorca and his career continued on a upward trajectory when he joined Swansea City and landed the club's first ever major trophy in his maiden season in the Premier League. Regarded as one of the most promising managers in Europe and is a proven shrewd operator in the transfer window. Question mark remains given his limited silverware.

Reception: Having added to Swansea's free-flowing style formed under Brendan Rodgers, Laudrup has built one of the most attractive, yet effective sides in the top flight. His name alone would make him a popular appointment and he possesses the credentials to succeed. A lack of silverware would be sniffed at by few.

Guus Hiddink                   Odds: 8/1

Current: Unattached

Honours: PSV Eindhoven: Eredivisie title 1987, 1988, 1989, 2003, 2005, 2006, KNVB Cup: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2005, European Cup: 1988 Chelsea: FA Cup: 2009

Credentials: A manager of 13 teams in 26 years, Hiddink has a reputation as a man for all jobs. The basis of his reputation comes from his prowess first in Holland where he dominated with PSV Eindhoven, and then at international level. Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey have all benefitted from Hiddink's knowledge while his only spell in England with Chelsea ended with victory in the FA Cup. Will return to the Dutch manager's role after the 2014 World Cup.

Reception: Despite his links with west London, Hiddink would be warmly received by the Spurs faithful regardless of his limited club success. Known as a steadier rather than a one who breeds success, Hiddink would need quick results and pledge long-term in order to appease, not least to satisfy those sceptical of him taking on both club and international positions.

Glenn Hoddle                   Odds: 10/1

Currently: Sky Sports pundit

Honours: None

Credentials: Les Reed, Alain Perin, Ricky Sbragia and Terry Connor have all taken charge in the top flight since Hoddle was sacked by Tottenham in September 2003, the ex-England boss' last managerial role in the Premier League. Possesses a strong standing within the game due to the success of his Spanish based academy and the knowledge he omits in various media positions but his relevance in football's current era is limited.

Reception: As one of Tottenham's greatest ever players Hoddle would be heralded by White Hart Lane upon his appointment but question would likely quickly be asked over his suitability as manager if results didn't follow. No experience of managing at Champions League level or a team fighting for the title makes his credentials for the role wafer thin.

Frank de Boer                    Odds: 10/1

Currently: Ajax manager

Honours: Eredivisie title 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13

Credentials: Having inherited an Ajax side whose conveyor belt of talent doesn't appear to be letting up, De Boer has done what is to be expected; winning the league title in each of his three seasons in charge. There is little doubt that as a club legend his familiar surroundings have made the job easier and questions remain over whether he can reproduce such success without the endless line of talent or without the comfort of being a local icon.

Reception: His standing as a player at Ajax and Barcelona make him instantly recognisable to even the most fair-weather football fan and a tendency to place passing football will sit well with the Tottenham faithful. Early performances will likely set the tone and a link up with Chrisitian Eriksen could produce the Dane's best again.

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