So now according to reports, France manager Laurent Blanc is the favourite to take the White Hart Lane hotseat.
Blanc is currently the manager of the French National Team, overseeing a great change in fortunes for the French team since the disaster of the World Cup two years ago. Blanc’s side are currently 23 games unbeaten, and is getting the best out of his squad, especially Yohan Cabaye, Samir Nasri, Yann M’Vila and Mathieu Debuchy.
The ex Manchester United defender has turned around the fortunes of his national side, and now it is rumoured, that Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, wants him to take Tottenham Hotspur to the next level.
Blanc did the impossible at club level management too, in his first season at Girodins Bordeaux, he took them to second place. His second season, in 2009, he took the club to a League and Cup double.
It seems Levy is keeping his options open, with AVB, Laurent Blanc, Roberto Martinez and David Moyes all being rumoured to take the Spurs job, even in some circles, the name Pep Guardiola is being touted around. Hmm.
Without sounding like an ambitious Spurs fan, Blanc’s France don’t play too dissimilar way to Barcelona and Spain, okay, they’re not as experienced with the roles they need to portray within the match, but it’s a start, and we played some of the most exciting football last season, the Tottenham Hotspur way, so if Blanc can build on that, then why not choose the Frenchman? Blanc believes in short passing, ball retention and playing out from the back, sounds promising, right?
If Blanc was to become Spurs manager it would seem we would release the Redknapp 4411 and occasional 442, and turn to a modern tactic of 433 or 4231, which many modern and continental managers prefer. Blanc likes his full backs to attack too, which we have seen during the Euro’s with Clichy, Evra and Debuchy, which will delight Benoit Assou Ekotto and, especially Kyle Walker, who excelled for us last season. If he wanted to remain narrow in the front 3, but wide with the full backs, he could even put Gareth Bale at left back, just a thought.
Like Villas Boas, he would be compensation free, if he did decide to leave the French side, as his contract run out after the Euro’s, he has stated he would leave his national side if a big club came looking.
“My intention is to carry on with the France team, but the fact remains, I have not extended my contract. If I get an exceptional offer, I could very well decide to leave for that club,” he said in April.
One slight issue with Blanc is this;
Although Blanc was cleared of this, it raised a very important issue for the French Federation.
Aside from this controversy, Levy has just spent £40m on a new training ground, and wants the new head coach to be a young, training-ground orientated coach, Blanc fits the bill there, then.
Levy wants a continental form of management, reverting back to the DoF role, which Tim Sherwood is likely to oversee.
Within the past hour, Sky Sources have stated that Laurent Blanc is in negotiations with the North London side.
What do you think?
Thanks for reading, Matt