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Tottenham line up Everton boss David Moyes as fears grow that Harry Redknapp could land England job within months

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By Greg Stobart & Wayne Veysey

Tottenham are lining up David Moyes to succeed Harry Redknapp as fears grow at the club that the Spurs manager could be installed in the England hot-seat within months.

Fabio Capello has insisted he will see out his England contract, which runs until the end of Euro 2012, but the Football Association know a poor run of results could leave them with a decision to make before then.

England are second in their qualifying group behind Montenegro and if they drop points against Wales today or Switzerland in June before the summer break, there is believed to be a growing appetite for change within the FA to avoid an embarrassing repeat of four years ago, when they failed to qualify for Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren.
 
The disastrous way Capello dealt with the England captaincy issue has re-awakened concerns at Wembley about his man-management skills and desire to lift the gloom induced by the team's dismal World Cup last summer.

Redknapp is the hot favourite to replace Capello and has made it clear that he would not hesitate to replace the Italian, leaving Spurs increasingly worried that he could leave the club before the end of next season.

As Goal.com UK revealed in November, Tottenham have been considering their options in the event of losing Redknapp to England, and Everton boss Moyes tops the list of potential replacements.

There is no suggestion that Spurs have made an approach to the Scot but Moyes is understood to be aware through third parties of the Londoners' interest, and the club believe he would jump at the chance to take over at White Hart Lane.


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Moyes is considered the leading candidate because of his excellent track record at Everton over the last nine years. The Merseysiders have consistenly punched above their weight and been established by Moyes as a top-six club despite a far smaller budget than those of their rivals.

Everton currently sit eighth in the Premier League, five points behind city rivals Liverpool, despite what has been widely regarded as a poor season by both supporters and the manager.
 
It is believed that Moyes has grown increasingly disillusioned with the financial uncertainty at Goodison Park as speculation mounts that he may quit at the end of the season if star players are sold and the club do not attract major outside investment.
 
Goal.com UK understands that Tottenham would also consider the likes of Owen Coyle, Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez, while Spurs chiefs are also keeping a careful eye on high-profile managers who may be on the move, such as Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.
 
Tim Sherwood is regarded by many at White Hart Lane, including Redknapp himself, as a future Tottenham manager, but it is likely to be too soon for the former Spurs skipper.

Club chairman Daniel Levy wants his next manager to have a proven track record in the Premier League after the disastrous 12-month regime of Juande Ramos before Redknapp was appointed in October 2008.

“Spurs are increasingly preparing for Harry's departure as he has made no secret of the fact he wants the England job,” a source told Goal.com UK. “It would be negligent of the club if there was no contingency plan and Moyes is the stand-out candidate at the moment.”

Redknapp is the clear favourite among FA board members to succeed Capello although the issue is muddied by the Spurs boss' court case with the Inland Revenue.

The 64-year-old, who is under contract with Spurs until 2013, is charged with two counts of cheating HMRC of an estimated £40,000 and will go on trial at Southwark Crown Court in July.

Despite the prospect that the court case could end his hopes of running the national team, Redknapp remains widely regarded as the England manager-elect following his success since taking over at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham sat bottom of the league when Redknapp replaced Ramos but he has transformed the squad from relegation candidates to Champions League quarter-finalists.
 
Competing for the first time in Europe's elite competition, Spurs are eagerly anticipating the first leg of their glamour tie against Real Madrid in 10 days' time.

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