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Are Tottenham set to go Dutch again?

Posted on February 08, 2014 by Scraggs

Though Martin Jol did not turn out to be Fulham’s cup of tea he will forever be remembered by Tottenham’s supporters as the man who elevated Tottenham to a top five club and into one that could actually break the top four monopoly that had existed this century, he came close on two occasions before Daniel Levy lost patience and decided he had failed in his mission. What followed was Juande Ramos who delivered a trophy but not Champions League football before Redknapp took over and did so, unfortunately he could not maintain that lofty position.

Now that AVB has gone it seems that Tottenham might again be looking to go Dutch and Frank de Boer and Louis Van Gaal are two of the coaches that Tottenham apparently approached to replace AVB when he was sacked or walked, whichever version you care to believe, but at that time both had the decency to decline the offer to see through the rest of the season in their present jobs.

Louis Van Gaal is in charge of Holland and is set to launch their World Cup bid this summer in Brazil, his plan had been to retire after that though he has expressed an interest in a big job in the Premier League, as of this moment only Tottenham would seem to fit the bill. Experience and a fantastic track record in coaching having won a trophy every year while working with some of the biggest and best squads in the world, coached twice at AZ, Barcelona and the Netherlands also taking charge at Ajax and Bayern Munich, a coach who would command immediate respect.

The other option is De Boer who has now confirmed that Tottenham did speak to Ajax about the possibility of him taking over in December but he felt the need to finish the job at Ajax and not jump ship mid season. During a recent interview with the BBC World Football Show he admitted the interest from Tottenham but then went on to say that that a challenge at either Tottenham or Liverpool actually very much took his fancy:-

“Those two clubs are clubs that I think in the future I could be a manager of. I think the history of the clubs and what you can do with the team is my cup of tea.”

De Boer is a little older than AVB but like him has only had a few years experience in the job, three titles at Ajax and again leading the table and before that a couple of years as an assistant coach at international level with Holland, the difference in his case being that he played the game at the very highest level and because of that will be more attuned to players feelings and thought process perhaps.

De Boer would seem the better option if Levy and the Tottenham board wish to continue with a longer term project of stability and success, whether they are prepared to see out that project is another matter, while Van Gaal might be the better bet if it’s immediate success they want. Of course once Champions League football has been secured buying players and attracting a new coach becomes far easier and so experience and the more likely success of of LVG would seem to more readily fit the bill in the short term while De Boer might just have positioned himself for future consideration.

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