3 Reasons Louis van Gaal Is Better for Tottenham Hotspur Than Tim Sherwood
Louis van Gaal has not abandoned the idea of managing Tottenham once his contract as Holland’s national team boss has expired in the summer.
Spurs currently have no plans to move Sherwood aside or bring Van Gaal in above him, but that could be reassessed if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League or performances and results slip below Levy’s high expectations.
Here are three reasons why Van Gaal would be a better option than Spurs manager Tim Sherwood.
Is Tim Sherwood the Real Deal?
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood did not even have his UEFA pro licence prior to being promoted from interim to permanent manager, per David Hytner at the Guardian.
This tells you he was not serious about a managerial career.
When Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, Sherwood happened to be at the right place at the right time. He was in the right place as he held a role at the club, so Spurs management were comfortable with him; he was there at the right time because Villas-Boas was sacked midway during the season in the lead-up to a FIFA World Cup year.
This meant the large majority of high-profile managers were either managing a club side or preparing for the World Cup.
"I am realistic enough to know the ambitions of this club are very, very high and I need to live up to them," Sherwood said, per Kevin Palmer at ESPN FC. "I knew that before I took the job, and I'm hoping I can do enough to keep the job in the long term."
Sherwood's honeymoon period as Spurs manager is over after a 5-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Sherwood, who has done an admirable job cleaning up Villas-Boas' mess, needs to make the top four, because if he does not, then expect Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to target a world-class manager such as Louis van Gaal.
Louis van Gaal Is a Winner
Louis van Gaal won a UEFA Champions League title, three consecutive Eredivisie titles, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup at Ajax.
He would have won more titles, if not for the landmark Bosman ruling that empowered his young stars to leave.
"We tried to commit players for the long term immediately, but a number of guys chose to leave on a free transfer," Van Gaal said, per Berend Scholten at UEFA.com. "[AC Milan] were able to take [Patrick] Kluivert, [Winston] Bogarde and [Michael] Reiziger for free."
This created a knock-on effect and emerging players began viewing Van Gaal's Ajax as a stepping stone to a more lucrative career abroad.
It must have been devastating for Van Gaal to bring through so many world-class players, only for them to abandon him.
Rather than spend his days wondering what could have been, he bounced back by winning two La Liga titles at Barcelona and a Bundesliga title at Bayern Munich.
Tottenham Hotspur need a winner like him.
Louis van Gaal's Pedigree
With the exception of Moussa Dembele, none of Louis van Gaal's key players during AZ's 2008-09 Eredivisie-winning team went on to become world-class players.
Sergio Romero, a goalkeeper with superb shot-stopping ability, is warming the benches at Monaco.
Demy de Zeeuw, who kept the play moving in midfield, is on the books of Anderlecht.
Maarten Martens, an elegant playmaker, recently signed with PAOK.
Mounir El Hamdaoui, who failed to make the grade at Tottenham Hotspur, has played for three different clubs in the last three years.
It is easy to remember Van Gaal's major achievements.
- Winning the 1995 UEFA Champions League title with Ajax.
- Going through the 1994-95 Eredivisie season unbeaten.
- Winning league titles in three different countries.
- Giving Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Clarence Seedorf, David Alaba, Edgar Davids, Holger Badstuber, Michael Reiziger, Nwankwo Kanu, Patrick Kluivert, Xavi, et al. their top-flight debuts.
Yet Van Gaal should receive more credit for coaching AZ, a team devoid of a world-class footballer, to the Eredivisie title.
This shows he does not always need superstars to win titles.
If Van Gaal is given full control of Tottenham Hotspur's footballing operations, he will bring the club success.
He has won a trophy with every club he has managed.