Tottenham are to announce “fair and open” competition to recruit head coaches on a rotating two month trial for 2014-15.
Sources close to Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis say that the Press conference called for 11.55am today will be revealing a radical new plan for the future management of the team. There have been a number of world class coaches who have made it clear that they would like the opportunity to manage in the Premier League and this time Daniel Levy is determined to get the long term appointment right.
With that in mind, he will be inviting them to apply to manage the team for two months at a time each throughout 2014-15, as one final season of transition. Levy has apparently prepared a letter of explanation for fans, much as he did on the recruitment of Harry Redknapp when he explained that he realised he had got it wrong going for the continental approach and that he would be sticking to traditional English management in future.
Tim Sherwood will be automatically included in the competition as will other eager candidates without the appropriate qualifications. It is hoped that at least one woman will apply for one of the temporary positions. They will all however be required to obtain the “A” licence if they win the competition for the long term appointment from 2015/16.
Remuneration for the temporary posts will be well in excess of the Premiership average and big names such as Carlo Ancelotti, Louis van Gaal, Sven Goran Erikssen and Glenn Hoddle and Paulo Di Canio are all said to have expressed an interest.
Daniel Levy is quoted as saying that it is crucial that we get the next appointment right and he has found over the years that two months is plenty of time for him to be able to decide the ability of a manager to bring long term success. Former Arsenal managers and route one merchants need not apply.
There is rumoured to be a TV documentary series planned to run throughout the summer where the candidates will appear before a panel of experts to make their pitch for the job. Favourite to chair the panel is former Spurs chairman Alan Sugar. Panel members will include at least one fan season ticket holder. I am looking forward to getting an application form as this is a unique opportunity to shape the future of my beloved Tottenham.
Critics of the plan, including former manager Keith Burkinshaw say that it is making a mockery of a once great club and that fans should have nothing to do with it.
Watch this space…
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