Spurs players are said to prefer Mauricio Pochettino to be their new boss next season.
Netherlands national team head coach Louis van Gaal is free to start negotiating with Tottenham Hotspur about becoming the north London club’s new manager next season before this summer’s Fifa World Cup final get under way, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
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The Premier League outfit are expected to part company with their current boss Tim Sherwood come the end of this campaign, despite the fact that the former Spurs midfielder was only appointed to take over from previous trainer Andre Villas-Boas last December on an 18-month contract.
However, with the north Londoners now looking extremely unlikely to finish the season in the top four of the Premier League come May, and so therefore set to also miss out on qualifying for next season’s Uefa Champions League as well, Sherwood will be relieved of his managerial duties at White Hart Lane this summer.
And the man expected to replace Sherwood in the capital next campaign is Van Gaal, although Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will need to finalise a deal for the 62-year-old by May 7 – when the Oranje’s World Cup preparations begin in earnest – or risk losing out on the Dutchman to rival clubs across the Continent.