Tottenham board prefer Pochettino to Van Gaal

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Tottenham are torn over whether to make Southampton manager Maurico Pochettino their preferred target over Louis van Gaal this summer, according to the Telegraph.

Current boss Tim Sherwood is likely to be shown the door after a string of poor results since he took charge in December. The former Spurs midfielder was handed an 18-month contract but is unlikely to see it out after another thrashing, this time at the hands of Liverpool, on Sunday.

Dutch boss Van Gaal has been heavily linked with the Tottenham job since Andre Villas-Boas left, and while he turned down a chance to take over at White Hart Lane before the World Cup, has recently admitted that he's after a job in the Premier League once the tournament in Brazil is done this summer.

While some reports have suggested that Van Gaal has already signed on the dotted line, the Telegraph claim that Pochettino is still favoured by some members of the Tottenham board.

The Argentinian has done a superb job at Southampton since taking over from Nigel Adkins last season, and has guided his team to 8th place in the Premier League as things stand.

According to the paper he is viewed as a better fit for Tottenham ahead of Van Gaal, but no decision has been made as yet.

Spurs have struggled badly this season after a summer of optimism in 2013, where they signed seven players worth more than £100 million to counter for the loss of Gareth Bale.

However Villas-Boas left by mutual consent in December, and while Sherwood initially steadied the ship, heavy defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool mean their chances of a top four finish are all but gone. 

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