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Under-pressure Ancelotti on Tottenham's radar

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Carlo Ancelotti won the double with Chelsea in 2010 © Getty Images
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Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a shock candidate for the Tottenham job should chairman Daniel Levy decide to replace under-fire manager Tim Sherwood this summer.

The Real Madrid manager is facing pressure to deliver a 10th European cup at the Bernabeu after seeing a challenge for the La Liga title fall by the wayside; Ancelotti's side trail fierce rivals Atletico Madrid by three points with seven games remaining.

The Daily Mail reports Levy is aware of the situation in Madrid and is monitoring developments, having thought to be annoyed with long-time target Louis van Gaal and Frank de Boer's public airing of his approach before Sherwood was named manager.

Levy is still keen for Sherwood to remain in charge but could opt for a change should Tottenham fail to achieve Champions League football next season.

Spurs have been in Premier League freefall of late and have only won once in their last four league games under Sherwood, dropping down to sixth and eight points off a top four place in the process.

Further humiliation ensued as Sherwood was forced to defend watching his side's latest abject showing from the directors' box as they were thrashed 4-0 at league leaders Liverpool.

If Levy were to choose Ancelotti as his next manager, it would be the second time in two years that he has opted for a former Chelsea manager.

Andre Villas-Boas, sacked by Tottenham in December 2013, replaced Ancelotti as Blues boss in June 2011 as the Italian was relieved of his duties by Roman Abramovich. Ancelotti joined Chelsea in 2009 and won the double in his first season at Stamford Bridge, but was sacked a year later after failing to win a trophy.

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