Spurs should give Tim Sherwood an extended change to prove his credentials rather than opt for Louis Van Gaal this summer.
Legendary former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Louis Van Gaal says he turned down the chance to replace Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham boss last month, but has hinted he may be interested in the job after this summer’s World Cup, when the 62-year-old will be replaced as the Netherlands’ head-coach by Guus Hiddink.
Spurs appointed rookie Tim Sherwood, 44, as AVB’s successor on an 18-month contract last month but there are rumblings that the likeable cockney will be given the boot unless Spurs finish in the top four – a tall order given the quality at the top of the table.
But we think Sherwood should be given time beyond the end of this season, whatever the outcome.
Here are five reasons Spurs chairman Daniel Levy should resist the chance to appoint Van Gaal this summer:
5. Van Gaal won’t stick around
As any avid Tinder user will tell you, age is just a number.
At 62, Van Gaal isn’t primed for the glue factory just yet but the Dutchman has admitted he already has one eye on retirement. “After the World Cup I shall retire or, if there is a Premier League club, I shall think about it,” he said.
It hardly sounds as though Louis is keen to manage in England for the long-haul and few managers find they have the appetite to continue at the highest level into their late 60s.
Spurs need stability desperately and Sherwood, meanwhile, is just 44-year-old – old enough to command the respect of the squad but with plenty of years ahead to build a stable dynasty in North London (if Levy will let him, that is).