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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 24
Tim Sherwood is the new permanent Tottenham Hotspur manager, as per the club's official website:
Following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, the Club can announce that Tim Sherwood has been appointed Head Coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season.
Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: "We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the Club's best interests.
"We have a great squad and we owe them a Head Coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.
"We are in the fortunate position of having within our Club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood.
"We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward."
Chris Ramsey, Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund complete the First Team Coaching set up.
Monday, December 23
The Netherlands national team manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed his interest in coaching a Premier League team.
Could it be Tottenham Hotspur?
"I've always said I want to work in the Premier League eventually, so there's a chance," van Gaal said, via NOS (h/t Dominic Fifield of The Guardian). "But everyone who knows me knows I won't do a job share."
The "job share" comment can be interlinked to the current Spurs situation.
Van Gaal won't like the amount of power technical director Franco Baldini wields or chairman Daniel Levy's propensity to interfere.
He could be Spurs manager for the 2014-15 season as he will step down from the Dutch national team after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He is set to be succeeded by Guus Hiddink, as per The Telegraph.
Van Gaal is a UEFA Champions League-winning manager who has won league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany.
He is famed for his high football IQ, and unsurprisingly, three of his mentees have won titles as a manager (Jose Mourinho, Frank de Boer and Frank Rijkaard).
Van Gaal would be an excellent candidate to be the next permanent Spurs manager.
But there are two variables:
1. If interim manager Tim Sherwood wins the UEFA Europa League and leads the club to a top-four placing while playing attractive football, there is no reason why he shouldn't be given another season.
2. What if van Gaal’s Netherlands underperform at the World Cup?