Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal hints Tottenham takeover
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has hinted towards a move to the Premier League. The former Barcelona manager has dropped another hint suggesting he could join Tottenham Hotspur as manager after the World Cup this summer.
Earlier in the season Van Gaal revealed that Tottenham Hotspur considered him to be an option to replace Andre Villas-Boas following his sacking in December. The Dutchman claims to have been approached by the London club with an offer to become their new manager.
Van Gaal revealed that he could not have joined Spurs then because he wanted to remain with the Netherlands till the World Cup, so he declined the offer. The former Bayern Munich boss claims he didn’t want to start his Premier League career abruptly; hence decided to wait for a better time.
Talking to reporters at the Euro 2016 draws in Nice on Sunday, Van Gaal hinted towards talks between him and Spurs.
“I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League,” Van Gaal was quoted in the Daily Mirror. “Maybe Tottenham are coming, but first we have to go to Brazil.
“I will definitely not be in charge for the European campaign with Holland. I don't know where I will go next. Normally I go with my pension, go to live in Portugal, but maybe there will come a new challenge.”
Van Gaal will replace Tottenham Hotspur’s current manager Tim Sherwood if he becomes the new boss of White Hart Lane this summer. The probability of Sherwood getting the sack this summer is quite high, especially if he is unable to acquire a Champions League berth next season.
Following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Norwich City at Carrow Road, things really don’t appear to be going towards Sherwood’s way. A 4-3 win against Swansea City has allowed Liverpool to acquire a six-point lead for the fourth-spot.
By the looks of it Tottenham Hotspur will find it very difficult to replace the in-form Reds from the fourth-spot.
“It looks big, it's a real blow to us, but we've got to bounce back,” Sherwood said after the Sunday game. “We've got the second leg of the Europa League match [on Thursday] and then we've got Cardiff at home. We need characters in the dressing room to be able to do that.”
Tottenham Hotspur are currently positioned fifth on the Premier League table. They possess a five-point cushion over sixth-placed Manchester United and seventh placed Everton.