Four candles… erm, sorry, four candidates still in the frame (for manager)

Four candles… erm, sorry, four candidates still in the frame (for manager)

As the joke goes, “four candles….” Ronnie Corbett puts four candles on the bench, “There you are, four candles” Barker looks at him dumbly, “No, Fork handles, handles for forks”. And this is how this saga is turning out (Levy looking for a new manager), a bit of a joke. Every day there is further speculation on who our next manager will be. A recent report says that we are still interested in Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, despite the fact he recently signed a new contract for the Dutch giants. “Four candles” is a better joke, and at least it brings a smile to peoples faces.

The Athletic magazine claim that we have a shortlist of four managers; ten Hag, failure Roberto Martinez, inexperienced Graham Potter and Ralf Harris… sorry,  Rangnick, with all four said to be still in contention. Then there is good old Pochettino… we mustn’t forget our ex (yes, I know he would be number five… but I added him because of the recent paper speculation; however, it didn’t mention his name in this particular article I quoted about the Four Musketeers).

It wasn’t that long ago – as the crow flies – that ten (or was that nine?) Hag penned a one-year contract extension with the Eredivisie outfit until 2023. But… yes, there is always a “but,” it is said that he would still be within our reach (yes, Levy has long arms) should we wish to advance as he is still popular among our club members. Even though, according to the Guardian newspaper, he is still happy at Ajax, where he has won everything domestically and enjoys a good rapport with the club’s director of football, Marc Overmars. A bit of a contradiction there! So, why does the speculation continue? Or is this just a ploy to up his wages if he should get to go to Tottenham? It is like a game of Monopoly where Levy is concerned.

I went to the last home game, and in the home programme, Daniel Levy admitted in a letter to us, supporters, that he wants to appoint a new head coach who will return to the club’s traditions of playing a free-flowing style of football while also looking to promote from the club’s academy set-up. And he missed out on the word “cheap”. And did you notice that there was no mention of trophies? As the old saying goes, “don’t promise something you are not prepared to deliver”.

So, there you have the uptake on who could next tickle our fancy through all those beautiful papers vying for our eyes.

I noticed that Brendan Rogers has dropped out of the media frenzy, as one of our possible choices.

What do you think?

All the best, Glenn

COYS!

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