Louis Van Gaal Admits He Might Be Next Tottenham Manager but Sounds Warning

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06:  Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal speaks to members of the media after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal has suggested he could be in the running to become next Tottenham Hotspur manager.

Dutch television station NOS confronted the legendary figure after he was linked with taking over at White Hart Lane. Van Gaal was happy to drop hints that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy may have been in touch, reported by Neil Ashton and Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail:

I’ll never comment on offers. I’ve always said I want to work in the Premier League once, so there’s a chance.

There are times a deal is announced and there are times it’s in preparations.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 22:  Louis van Gaal of Netherlands looks on during the FIFA 2014 World Cup, Group D Qualifier between Netherlands and Estonia at the Amsterdam Arena on March 22, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Gett
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One stumbling block for van Gaal is his current occupancy as the Dutch national coach.

Despite it being public knowledge that van Gaal will quit after next summer's World Cup—reported by Reuters and via Yahoo! Eurosport back in May—neither the KNVB football association or van Gaal wish to see the coach split his time between two roles, per Ashton and Barlow's report:

"Everyone who knows me knows I won’t do a job share," said van Gaal.

Levy would be extremely wise to consider the man whose footballing history is a storied one. As a manager, van Gaal has won multiple Eredivisie titles with Ajax and AZ, La Liga championships with Barcelona and the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.

Add the domestic cups for each of these clubs to the list, as well as the UEFA Cup and Champions League while in charge of Ajax's fabled team of the early '90s. Just to round things off, an Intercontinental Cup and two UEFA Super Cup triumphs also fill van Gaal's CV.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Tim Sherwood the Spurs interim manager applauds the travelling fans following his team's 3-2 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 2
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Although mightily impressive, his sternest competition is expected to come in the form of current interim manager Tim Sherwood, who is completely untested at the helm of any club.

Spurs' hard-fought 3-2 win over Southampton was the former player's opening Premier League match as caretaker boss, suggesting Levy has a huge call to make on the direction of the club's future.

Sherwood has already shown himself to be a shrewd tactician. His willingness to bring Emmanuel Adebayor back into the team has seen the Togo international notch three goals in two games; the switch to two strikers helping the side look far more threatening in attack.

Van Gaal's experience and history of winning silverware makes him an interesting prospect whose name could draw world-renowned players to North London.

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Glenn Hoddle looks on during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 22, 2013 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle has also suggested he wishes to be considered the position in his guest column on Bleacher Report UK:

Do I want the job? Let me put it this way:

This is the club I joined when I was eight years of age, signed for at the age of 12 and didn’t leave until I was 28. Spurs is in my blood, it's in my bones and for the sake of this club, I wouldn’t turn them down.

Levy's next decision will need to be a fruitful one. Spurs have watched on as the chairman sold star players such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale for huge sums, but they are yet to see a manager given substantial time when things get tough, despite his financial backing.  

There are suggestions that Levy and director of football Franco Baldini pressured previous boss Andre Villas-Boas into signing specific players during the summer, per an alternate Barlow report for the Daily Mail.

While Spurs fans will undoubtedly support the new permanent boss whomever it turns out to be, the success of the club hinges on whether Levy can do the same across an extended period of time.