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Rose tinted glasses or smart guy?

So just who is Daniel Levy?

He is Managing Director of the "English National Investment Company" which is an AIM listed company floated on the Stock Exchange in 1997.

ENIC bought a substantial part of Tottenham Hotspur football club in 2001 from Alan Sugar and Levy was made chairman. Since then they have increased their stake in the club to 85% purchasing Sugars' remaining shares and disposing of interests in other football clubs and media interests to fund the purchase.

Levy has a Cambridge First in Land Economy which, to quote from the University website is:

"Law, economics, and their relationship to the built and natural environment are central to Land Economy, along with other areas such as business regulation, the financial aspects of real estate and international development.

The multidisciplinary nature of the course is particularly relevant in the twenty-first century where the environment, law and economics and the control of scarce resources affect the daily lives of people around the world."

So clearly he is no mug. But I fail to see why an educated businessman is doing the majority of his business in football. As Alan Sugar will tell you it is simply a drain on your cash and very difficult to make sound business decisions because of the emotion involved.

Harry Redknapp on the other hand, if you believe his recent court testimony, a complete and utter dunce when it comes to business matters and bumbles along with his finances not having a clue what is happening on a day to day basis.

Two polar opposites then.

Well they say opposites attract but clearly Redknapps' contract negotiations rankled with Levy and the whole "would he go, would he stay" England fiasco must have made Levy's mind up to act.

Redknapp deliberately delayed contract negotiations to try and extract maximum value from the situation and it backfired on him when The FA went for a safer pair of hands.

So we know Levy is a ruthless operator but who wouldn't feel that their patience had been pushed to the limit in that situation?

The problem for Levy is that Redknapp did a mighty fine job at Spurs and is going to be a very hard act to follow.

Getting this appointment right is arguably his most important task to date.

With the club on the verge of the champions league places and the money that would flow from competing at the top table Enics' investment in the football club would be made to look like a sound investment. Sacking Redknapp must have been a very tough decision to make.

Levy has worked his way through George Graham, David Pleat, Glenn Hoddle, Jaques Santini and Martin Jol the latter of which gave Spurs a fourth place finish and was rewarded with the sack after a poor start to the 2007/2008 season.

So Levy has his own low standards when it comes to loyalty and backing a manager when he is having a hard time of it. The appointment of Juande Ramos was a success until the wheels came off at the start of the 2008/2009 season and Redknapp rode to the rescue.

Here are the bookies favourites:

Andre Villas-Boas 6/4

David Moyes 3/1

Roberto Martinez 5/1

Fabio Capello 8/1

Rafa Benitez 10/1

Alan Pardew 14/1

Jurgen Klinsmann 14/1

Ralf Rangnick 16/1

Dider Deschamps 20/1

Gus Poyet 20/1

Martin O'Neill 20/1

Frank Rijkaard 25/1

Guus Hiddink 25/1

Jose Mourinho 25/1

Marco Van Basten 25/1

Pep Guardiola 25/1

I think Levy will rule out those candidates who do not have premiership experience, he certainly would not want another Christian Gross on his hands and also the fans would want to continue with the style of play that they have become accustomed to under Redknapp so I think that rules out Villas Boas.

A young ambitious manager like Roberto Martinez would be a good choice but after paying up Redknapp's contract aren't we getting fed up of paying out compensation?

Guus Hiddink would be good but his tax evasion charges probably count against him and besides he has 12 months left on his contract.

Would David Moyes really have anything to gain by moving to Spurs? Everton are cash strapped but are they really a smaller club than Spurs? And with Levy's track record a poor start to the season could see you get the bullet.

Jurgen Klinsmann looks a good outside bet. He would be popular with supporters, has an exemplary record at bringing through talent with the German National team and his style of play would fit.

Shame he has ruled himself out! Or has he? Get 16/1 on Klinsmann at Bet365

Martinez then looks the best fit. Get 5/1 at Coral

 

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