Louis van Gaal has revealed he was very close to agreeing to take over at Tottenham before Manchester United came calling.
The Holland national coach had already declared his desire to manage in the Premier League before David Moyes had been sacked by Manchester United and entered talks with White Hart Lane officials.
Daniel Levy had already decided to sack Tim Sherwood and was keen to get the veteran coach installed at the helm as soon as possible.
However, as soon as the position at Old Trafford became available, Van Gaal's mind was made up.
Speaking to reporters, Van Gaal said: "It was very close. Very close. As a little boy I was a fan of Tottenham Hotspur with the team of Jimmy Greaves when he was the champion. Jimmy Greaves was my idol. They had fantastic white shirts. So I was very close."
Tottenham fans can hardly turn their noses up at levy's second choice, Mauricio Pochettino, who arrived from Southampton last week with a growing reputation for excellence.
Van Gaal was handed a three-year deal with Manchester United and has been charged with the task of bringing success back to Old Trafford without hesitation.
Although Van Gaal has already said he will not discuss Manchester United until after the World Cup, the Red Devils are inevitably being linked with Dutch stars.
He said: "I have said to the CEO of Manchester United Ed Woodward that I only speak about the Dutch national team"
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