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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Report: Spurs, Andre Villas-Boas talk

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Tottenham has made contact with representatives of Andre Villas-Boas as the Spurs step up their search for a replacement for Harry Redknapp, according to a report.

Redknapp was surprisingly axed last week after guiding Tottenham to a fourth-place finish last season -- although Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final meant the North Londoners missed out on a place in next season's Champions League.

The BBC has reported that intermediaries acting for Spurs have contacted Villas-Boas' agent in order to assess his interest in the White Hart Lane job. Other reports suggest the 34-year-old, who was sacked by Chelsea in March, already has privately expressed an interest.

It is believed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will take personal charge of the search for a new manager. Names so far linked with the post include Everton manager David Moyes -- who says he has had no contact from Spurs -- and France coach Laurent Blanc.

Blanc's contract with the French football federation runs out after the European Championship, but it has been speculated that he may be more interested in remaining in his national team post rather than moving to London.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who masterminded a superb late run to steer his team clear of relegation danger, has also been mentioned as a possible candidate.

Redknapp said there was nothing he could have done about his exit from the club, with the 65-year-old telling The Sun: "I won't slit my throat over it. I want to get on with my life instead of moping about getting the sack.

"I loved every minute of my time at Spurs and I've no regrets whatsoever. I don't feel bitter, nor regretful -- there's no confusion or anger.

"When people at the top don't like you, what can you do about it? I have to respect it. I can't do anything about that."