Having blown their chances with Juande Ramos until the summer at least - and been rejected by Jose Mourinho - the name now being tossed around at Tottenham is that of Hughes. In three years at Blackburn, the 43-year-old has established himself as the pre-eminent young British manager. He is also regarded as a much more realistic target than a foreign coach who could present Tottenham with the same recruitment difficulties as Ramos did.
Blackburn is regarded as the decisive game for Jol although his team play Getafe in the Uefa Cup tomorrow night. Should he go at the weekend it would be unlikely Hughes or any other candidate would be an immediate appointment. The Welshman signed a new three-year deal in May and would cost Tottenham compensation from Ewood Park.