Louis van Gaal hints he could be next Tottenham manager
The Dutchman open to a move to White Hart Lane following the 2014 World Cup
February 24th, 2014
Tottenham’s prospects of playing Champions League football next season were dented after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road and Tim Sherwood’s grip on the manager’s job is starting to look less secure.
Spurs are now six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League table and Sherwood’s life hasn’t been made any easier by Louis van Gaal’s suggestion that he could be replacing the Englishman during the summer.
The 62-year-old is currently in charge of the Dutch national side and will hope to go one better than the 2010 World Cup by steering the Netherlands to glory in Brazil, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss claiming that Spurs could be coming for him.
Van Gaal said: “I will definitely not be in charge for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign. I don’t know where I will go next. Normally I go with my pension, and go to live in Portugal, but maybe there will come a new challenge. I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That’s a challenge. Maybe Tottenham are coming but, first, we have to go to Brazil.”
The Netherlands manager is the current bookmaker favourite to become the next manager of Tottenham despite the fact that Sherwood signed an eighteen-month-deal when replacing Andre Villas-Boas as permanent manager at White Hart Lane.
Frank de Boer was previously sounded out about the role following AVB’s departure and he’s also on the bookmaker shortlist, with the prospect of a Dutchman taking charge of the Tottenham team looking a likely one.
Sherwood was left to reflect on a miserable few days for Tottenham as they went down by another 1-0 scoreline, having lost to Dnipro in the Ukraine on Thursday and now face an important couple of games in order to remain in the Europa League and get their top-four hopes back on track.
“We were stronger in the second period, so we can’t use Thursday as an excuse,” he said.
“In the second half we looked by far the better side. But we’ve started slowly in quite a lot of games and it was sluggish, sluggish. It was a nothing game in the first half, we took a real blow early in the second, and I think we started playing from there and created a few chances. Unfortunately we couldn’t take them.
“We have to bounce back, we have two games now, we have the second leg [against Dnipro] on Thursday and then Cardiff at home next week. We need characters in the dressing room to do that.”