Spurs hold 'extensive' Van Gaal talks
Van Gaal hints at move to Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have already had extensive contact with Louis van Gaal about becoming manager next season, sources told ESPN FC.
The 62-year-old has hinted at the possibility of taking over at White Hart Lane on several occasions, most recently while attending the Euro 2016 qualifying draw on Sunday when he said: "Maybe Tottenham are coming."
However, there have already been significant discussions between the Dutch coach and the Premier League club over a move, sources told ESPN FC.
More pointedly, Spurs sources have said the club are close to a final decision and that it is fully anticipated that Van Gaal will replace Tim Sherwood as first-team coach for the 2014-15 campaign.
Despite Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich City on Sunday, Sherwood has generally impressed in the role since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in December, but it is felt he may still not be fully ready for the job.
The Spurs hierarchy are said to view this summer as particularly important after the ructions and changes of the last two breaks between seasons -- not least the manner in which Gareth Bale’s protracted world-record transfer to Real Madrid disrupted transfer plans -- and it is felt a coach with a more impressive CV and greater experience is required.
Van Gaal would clearly fit that description, having managed European heavyweights Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax.
There is also a sense that his background and style of management could allow Spurs to instil a deeper footballing philosophy throughout the club, something that has been of increasing interest to chief executive Daniel Levy.
Spurs currently sit fifth in the table on 50 points from 27 games, trailing six behind Liverpool who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.