When Tim Sherwood was revealed as Daniel Levy's choice of successor to Andre Villas-Boas many assumed that this shot at the big time for the ex-Tottenham player was a mere stop gap until the end of the season.
And whilst Spurs racked up successive victories during the honey-moon period, with a strong impetus on attack, Sherwood's defensive naivety was all too evident in their convincing defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Manchester City last month.
As a result, speculation has risen in the press over Levy's intentions for Spurs, and whilst many have applauded his willingness to give such a terrific opportunity to a young English manager, there is no doubt that Levy will be eyeing up a more experienced hand to mould an expensive, yet talented squad into genuine and credible title contenders. Who might this individual be? Enter Louis Van Gaal.
For those who recall the heady days of Ajax's last European Cup triumph in 1995, Louis Van Gaal requires no introduction. However, seen as though this was nearly 20 years ago it would be foolish not to.
The Dutchman led Ajax to three Eredivisie titles in the early nineties, before going onto clinch the Amsterdam club's fourth European triumph in 1995. After narrowly losing out to Juventus in the final a year later, Van Gaal set his sights on Barcelona, leading the club to back to back La Liga titles.
Van Gaal then answered his country's call, taking over the reins of the national team, however his stint in charge ended miserably with the Netherland's falling victims to Ireland and hence missing out on the 2002 World Cup.
Not one to be disillusioned by failure, the esteemed coach then returned to his homeland with AZ Alkmaar and successfully led them to their first Eredivisie title since 1981. His managerial resurgence did not go un-noticed, and Bayern Munich came calling. Van Gaal led the Bavarians to the double in Germany, missing out on the treble at the hands of Mourinho, his translator at Barcelona, and his Inter Milan side.
Now back in charge of the Dutch national team, Van Gaal has admitted to missing the daily interaction with players and given the opportunity, would relish the chance to manage in the Premier League. With one eye on retirement and not a great deal of hope hanging over a young national team, the Tottenham job could be a real possibility come the summer.
But would Van Gaal suit Tottenham? In football terms the answer is simple, yes. Van Gaal has long been a proponent of the virtues of Total Football. This was evident at the home of said style, Ajax, and the most recent stalwarts, Barcelona. Van Gaal is also credited with planting the seeds of the Bayern side that now sweeps all before it . Tottenham Hotspur are a club who have traditionally extolled the virtues of attractive football, so in this regard Van Gaal is the perfect man for the job.
Furthermore the Dutchman is keen on developing young players, introducing Patrick Kluivert into footballing consciousness with Ajax, and in recent years, installed now household names such as Thomas Muller and Holger Badstuber into the Bayern first team. This Tottenham side is bursting at the seems with young, attacking talent, a fact that Van Gaal would no doubt relish and thrive upon.
What, if any are the possible stumbling blocks? For some, with hiring Van Gaal you also hire a big ego. Bayern president Uli Hoeness and the Dutchman had several disagreements during his time in Germany. He also endured a torrid relationship with the press at Barcelona, famously stating that it was the Catalan media who forced his resignation from the Nou Camp.
Should Van Gaal arrive in north London it will be assured that the Premier League climate would not be dulled. A splash of orange over White Hart Lane would only go to serve an even more enjoyable footballing experience.
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