The management merry-go-round continues at White Hart Lane. After three and a half years (1327 days and 144 Premier League games), Harry Redknapp has been moved on and the search begins to find someone who will be able to take Spurs to the 'next level'.
|Keith Burkinshaw 1984 UEFA Cup|
Irving Scholar writes in his book, 'Behind Closed Doors' (1992),
"So who could replace Keith? I had been talking to Alex Ferguson, then managing Aberdeen. These conversations had reached a point of agreeing personal terms, and we shook hands on a deal. However, he had second thoughts about the matter and decided not to accept my offer.
Ferguson would have been a good choice. He had managed to break the Glasgow monopoly of Rangers and Celtic and had considerable European experience, having won the Cup Winners' Cup by beating Real Madrid in the Final a short time previously. The way his teams played was also very important: whilst they were winning, they were also entertaining - a vital prerequisite for any Spurs side. He was very intense and totally dedicated, something I found very appealing. He also had a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian; it was a good combination for any manager. Unfortunately, for Spurs, he had a father-son relationship with the Aberdeen Chairman, and I think, on reflection, he felt he would be letting him down if he left."In 1986, Ferguson went to Manchester United and we know the rest. It's interesting to read Scholar's criteria for a Tottenham manager - 'a winning side, playing entertaining football', 'considerable European experience' and 'intense and totally dedicated'.
Since 1984 when Scholar had that appointment to make, Spurs have had the following personnel in control of team affairs, although some were only in a caretaking capacity: