‘Wouldn’t be the worst shout’ – Peter Crouch names ex-boss who could manage Tottenham

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Peter Crouch has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur could do worse than appoint Rafa Benitez as their new head coach.

The 61-year-old has been linked with the vacancy after Daniel Levy decided to sack Jose Mourinho last month (Daily Mail).

Crouch praised the passion which the Spaniard has for the game, having worked with him during their time together at Liverpool.

Benitez has previous Premier League experience having managed at both Anfield and Newcastle United and was most recently manager of Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional.

The former Real Madrid boss returned back to his home on Merseyside after his stint in China came to an end and admitted in an interview with the Sunday Times late last month that it is his priority to manage in England once again.

A number of other managers have been linked with the vacancy including Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter, Scott Parker, Ralf Rangnick, Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez (Evening Standard).

Crouch said in his weekly ‘Ask Crouchy’ column in the Daily Mail: “I could not have any more admiration for Rafa than I do, Graham. The man is a football obsessive and when I see pictures of him walking his dogs, I expect them to be in formation! His attention to detail is exemplary and he devotes every second of every day to the game.

“I’ll never forget the look on his face when he asked Jermaine Pennant one day at Melwood, Liverpool’s old training ground, if he’d watched a Champions League quarter-final the previous night. Jermaine, bless him, had no interest in watching football and replied: ‘No — who was playing?’

“Rafa was absolutely dumbstruck. The moment those two particular worlds collided will stay with me for ever! In terms of Tottenham, it wouldn’t be the worst shout. He’s proven at the highest level, his CV is superb – there are worse candidates, for sure. Until next time, stay safe and well.”

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