But with the Dutchman not available until the summer, the club now hope to be able to persuade current interim manager Tim Sherwood to remain in temporary charge until the end of the campaign.
Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to be able appoint experienced Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal as the successor to the recently departed Andre Villas-Boas in the White Hart Lane hot seat, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The north London club have been looking for a new manager for the past week now after deciding to part company with their young Portuguese trainer last Monday following their 5-0 home loss to Uefa Champions League-chasing rivals Liverpool in the Premier League the previous afternoon.
And already in just the space of seven days, Tottenham have been linked with a whole host of possible new coaches, including the likes of Guus Hiddink, Fabio Capello, Michael Laudrup and former boss Glenn Hoddle.
However, it has now emerged that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is eyeing up an audacious move for one-time Ajax, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Van Gaal, although with the 62-year-old currently contracted to the Dutch Football Association until after next summer’s Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil, the north Londoners will have to wait until next season to get their man.
“I’ll never comment on offers. I’ve always said I want to work in the Premier League once, so there’s a chance,” Van Gaal told national television channel NOS when they visited the Dutchman at his home in Noordwijk on Sunday following rumours that Levy had already met the veteran for face-to-face discussions about the role.
‘There are times a deal is announced and there are times it’s in preparations.
‘Everyone who knows me knows I won’t do a job share.’
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