‘I like the way he plays’ – Bent urges Levy to appoint out-of-work manager

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Dom Le Roy

Darren Bent believes that Eddie Howe could be the right man to turn around Tottenham Hotspur’s fortunes as Daniel Levy searches for a new head coach.

Since Jose Mourinho’s sacking last week, a whole host of names have been put forward as possible replacements for the Portuguese coach.

With Julian Nageslmann now Bayern Munich bound, the likes of Erik Ten Hag, Gareth Southgate, Roberto Martinez, Massimiliano Allegri, Rafa Benitez and Ralf Rangnick have all been reported as possible targets for the North London club.

Some current Premier League bosses including Brendan Rodgers, Scott Parker, Nuno Espirito Santo and Graham Potter have also been linked with the Tottenham hotseat.

However, Bent believes that his former side needs a major rebuild and has urged Daniel Levy to hand the job to Howe.

He told talkSPORT Breakfast: “Scott Parker would be a good one, I like him. But I really like Eddie Howe.

“I like the way he plays football and he did a fantastic job at Bournemouth. He’s available.

“Spurs did the Mauricio Pochettino thing where he rebuilt the club, got them playing really exciting football and got them to a Champions League final.

“But then they got to that four/five-year cycle where I think if Daniel Levy had invested a little bit more I think Spurs could’ve gone on.

“They need to start again. When I say start again I mean play that brand of exciting football and get someone who’s really hands-on coaching wise. I would really like Eddie Howe to get the Spurs job.”

The former Spurs striker insisted that the Lilywhites might have to settle for a younger manager over a big name as the Tottenham job is not as attractive as it was a few years ago.

Bent added: “Spurs fans may want a bigger name. If you start looking round the top of the Premier League, you’d have to say there are four/five teams that are ahead of them in terms of where they are as a club.

“But it’s not a quick fix so if you’re going to give it to someone like an Eddie Howe or Scott Parker you can’t expect them to go in the job straight away and get success, they need time.

“Spurs are some way off Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United…Leicester are miles ahead of them.

“Daniel Levy is crazy so anything could be popping off!

“I’ve seen managers sacked at half time when I was down there with Martin Jol. Anything could happen.

“Whoever comes in needs to be given 2-3 years. Spurs fans need to realise that yes, they’re still a big club but in terms of winning the Premier League they’re miles off.”

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The decision on who to hand the job to is arguably the biggest in Levy’s tenure as chairman. Tottenham are at a crossroads at the moment and cannot afford to take another wrong step.

With Nagelsmann now out of the running and Rodgers unlikely to leave Leicester, there is not any outstanding candidate for the job. There will be an element of a gamble involved no matter who is appointed.

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