Blanc & Villas-Boas primed for talks as Tottenham step up managerial search

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants to talk to the France coach following their exit from Euro 2012, while the Londoners have been impressed by the former Chelsea and Porto trainer
By Greg Stobart

Tottenham will step up their efforts to find a new manager this week, with Laurent Blanc and Andre Villas-Boas the leading candidates for the vacancy.

As revealed by, France coach Blanc has been at the forefront of Spurs' thoughts following the dismissal of Harry Redknapp earlier in June and the club are keen to talk to the 46-year-old following Les Bleus' exit from Euro 2012.

It is expected to become clear in the coming days whether Blanc is ready to quit his country for White Hart Lane, where he could quadruple his current €1 million (£804,000) annual salary.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet will also talk to Blanc this week to try to convince the former Manchester United defender to sign a new contract, with his existing deal now expired.

Blanc is keen on a return to club management, but France's poor performances at Euro 2012 may damage his chances of receiving an offer from Tottenham, who sacked Redknapp on June 13 following the irretrievable breakdown of his relationship with chairman Daniel Levy.
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Levy has been in the United States dealing with private matters but is due to return to London this week to hold talks with Blanc and other candidates.

Villas-Boas, who is unemployed after being sacked by Chelsea in March, is the other leading contender and has already held extensive discussions with the north London club.

Spurs are believed to be impressed by the 34-year-old but, contrary to reports, will not offer him the position until they are satisfied they have adequately explored all of their options.

Both Villas-Boas and Blanc fit in with Tottenham's blueprint for a young, progressive manager who is committed to attacking football and modern coaching methods that will make best use of the club's new state-of-the-art training centre.

Interest in Roberto Martinez has cooled amid concerns that the Wigan coach does not match style with results, while the club have ruled out a move for Everton boss David Moyes.

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