The five most likely candidates to succeed the Englishman.
One of the worst kept secrets in recent times in the Premier League has come true as Tottenham Hotspur sack Tim Sherwood as manager after six months in charge.
The 45-year-old succeeded Andre Villas-Boas on December 16 2013 and after a solid start with the north Londoners was awarded an 18 month contract by chairman Daniel Levy.
However, it became quickly apparent that Levy was not a fan of Sherwood’s style and the Englishman had started admitting in press conferences that the players told him he was going to be sacked.
There were differing opinions among Spurs fans about what the former midfielder brought to the setup, but there is now much excitement about who will be his successor.
Here are the most likely candidates.
Perhaps a surprise to a few, but upon further thought wouldn’t be such a bizarre decision and the only factor would be whether Benitez would give up his position with Napoli after just one season.
The Spaniard headed to Italy last summer after an unpopular tenure with Chelsea and since then has guided them to the Champions League once again and Coppa Italia triumph.
Therefore whether Benitez would leave the Stadio Olimpico for a Tottenham team in crisis is in doubt, although he has taken sleeping English giants to glory before with Liverpool.