Dutch national team manager Louis van Gaal could be set for a summer switch to Eredivisie side Feyenoord, where he would replace the outgoing Ronald Koeman.
With the 62-year-old almost certain to step down from the Netherlands role after this summer's World Cup in Brazil, speculation regarding his next destination is already in motion. The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is one of the most respected coaches in world football and would not be short of offers.
One club being hotly tipped to be interested are Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, which are widely believed to be actively searching a long-term replacement for current boss Tim Sherwood—who only took over for Andre Villas-Boas in December.
The Dutchman van Gaal has openly conceded that he would love to manage in England and that White Hart Lane is a possibility, via John Cross of Mirror Football, but that does not necessarily mean that north London will become his new home. For starters, if Sherwood was to somehow mastermind a route to Champions League qualification, then Spurs would be likely to stick with AVB's former assistant for another year.
Conversely, if they do fail to qualify for Europe's elite competition, then van Gaal may not want that particular job—particularly given the club's inherent lack of patience with managers over recent years. If the move to Tottenham doesn't materialise, then Feyenoord could be his summer destination.
According to Marcel Roest of Dutch site Bet.nl, the links between van Gaal and Feyenoord are very strong. It is believed that club and coach have already met to discuss a potential appointment.
Meanwhile, the "Friends of Feyenoord" have reportedly cited the Dutch coach as one of their favoured candidates to replace Koeman, who has already confirmed he will be leaving this summer due to the club's failure to acquire new players.
The Rotterdam club are currently fourth in the Eredivisie standings following a second successive draw at second-placed FC Twente on Sunday. However, with only three points separating the pair—which are split by Vitesse in third—Feyenoord still hold hopes of Champions League qualification; if they achieve that goal then it may be the deciding factor in tempting van Gaal to De Kuip.
Despite their standing within the hierarchy of Dutch football, Feyenoord are without a league title since 1999. If they were to appoint van Gaal as head coach, they'd be inheriting a four-time Eredivisie-winning manager who also led Ajax to the Champions League trophy in 1994/95—the last time any Dutch club lifted European football's biggest prize.
With his most recent Eredivisie triumph coming with the unfavoured AZ Alkmaar in 2009, van Gaal's credentials would certainly suit Feyenoord. If the club can secure his services, there won't be many complaints from their fans.
In the immediate future, van Gaal's attentions will be solely on helping the Netherlands to a successful World Cup. After that, who knows, perhaps he'll be back in the Eredivisie once more.
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