With Sherwood’s departure seemingly a formality, there’ll be a new man at the helm when the teams walk out at the Lane in August. LVG, FDB, Pochettino, Benitez. Any of these four, or somebody else entirely, could find themselves in North London over the coming months. The question is, what awaits the new Spurs manager when he arrives at N17? Off The Pitch There’s been a lot of negativity surrounding the club this season, and justifiably so, but the club still stands in good stead. We’ve got a world class training ground, stadium construction should begin at some point this year and as per usual, we’re in a financially healthy state. A currently unknown quantity is how much money the new manager will have to spend but with Levy already stating that the squad won’t see a major upheaval in the summer, it’s safe to say we won’t be spending big this summer… The Squad …And not that we should. A lot has been said about our squad this season, particularly the money we spent on the new signings, but I feel that there’s a lot of potential in the current crop. Of the new signings, Eriksen and Chiriches have shone the most in my eyes. The rest of the signings have all shown glimpses of quality, but not one has managed to be consistently good. A few have been unfortunate with injuries but I feel that our horrible mismanagement of the squad has ultimately not allowed us to see the best of our players this season. Too much rotation, playing players out of position and a lack of tactical awareness (from both Sherwood and AVB), hasn’t helped our players bed in. I genuinely feel that a competent manager is all we need to bring the best out of these players. We can also take note of our neighbours down the road. Mertesacker has gone from being a laughing stock to a very solid centre back, so too Koscielny; Giroud, although not world class by any stretch of the imagination, has also come on leaps and bounds from last season; Ramsey with a bit of time has developed into a very good player. All we need is a bit of patience. Heck, we don’t even need to look as far as Arsenal to give us a good example of player development. Both Bale and Modric didn’t exactly hit the ground running at Spurs. Bale was a tad unfortunate with injuries, but it took 3 years from when we signed him for him to fully get into gear. Modric did not exactly ooze class from day one either, but a couple of seasons on he had established himself as one of the finest central midfielders in the league. Not every signing can have the immediate impact that VDV and Berbatov did. Most need time and hopefully we are willing to give it to them. Having said that, there are still some key areas that we need to invest in. We could definitely do with another forward and without doubt a new left back is paramount, but I think there’s enough in the squad to allow us to challenge for the top 4 next season. Who’s It Gonna Be? My personal pick for the job is Van Gaal. We simply cannot turn down a man with his CV if the opportunity arises. He’ll have us playing great football and can really instil the winning mentality that the club lacks, not to mention that he’s a manager that our top players might want to stay and play under. Time will tell.