Holland boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he was approached to take over at Tottenham following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in December.
The decorated former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager also revealed that he turned down the offer because he refused to take on two roles at once, and that he will retire after the World Cup unless an offer from a Premier League club comes along.
Spurs were linked with making an approach for Van Gaal after Villas-Boas left the club by 'mutual consent' last month following heavy defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool.
When asked if he was approached by Tottenham over the then vacant managerial position, he told Sky Sports News: "Everybody knows it so I can admit it.
"I don't do things in a double function (holding two jobs at the same time).
"You have to give an example to your players that they have to focus on the national team and that is my ambition also.
"I have refused (the Tottenham job) but maybe there will come another chance. That is the difficulty with coaching. When you are free, then maybe there are no vacancies.
"When you are working, then there are vacancies. It is always difficult.
Now the 62-year-old says he will focus on leading the Netherlands to success in the World Cup in Brazil next summer - and will then turn his attention to landing a top job in the Premier League.
"After the World Cup I shall retire or, if there is a Premier League club, I shall think about it."
Van Gaal has taken charge of clubs in Spain, Germany and Holland and won trophies in all three countries, but never experienced domestic football in England
"I want to work in the Premier League because that is the league I have not worked in yet," he explained.
"I want to coach here in the Premier League because I think Spain, Germany and England are the strongest competitions.
"That is an ambition and who knows."
Tottenham currently sit in 5th place in the Premier League following their 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday, having not tasted defeat in the league under Sherwood.
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