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Back To The Drawing Board For Tottenham In Search For New Manager

It looks as if Daniel Levy and Tottenhham will have to start again in their search for a new manager as it appears that their first choice, Louis Van Gaal has opted for the managerial hot-seat at Old Trafford.

A report in the Dutch press has heralded Louis Van Gaal as the new manager at Old Trafford to replace David Moyes who was sacked earlier this week.

The manager of the Dutch international team had been thought to be the first choice of Tottenham Chairman, Daniel Levy, when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last December. Van Gaal, however, would not consider taking up an appointment until after the World Cup finals in the summer. While Tim Sherwood was appointed on an 18-month contract that has always been considered to be as a matter of convenience with him expected to leave at the end of the season.

It is thought that Spurs have continued to keep an eye on the van Gaal situation and with the realisation that other managerial positions were liable to become vacant in the summer, it was always a long shot that Spurs would be first choice for van Gaal should he have the opportunity to go elsewhere. It’s not a great surprise, therefore, to hear that he may have opted for Old Trafford rather than White Hart Lane.

It looks as if history could be repeating itself with Tottenham again being the losers in the contest with Manchester United to appoint a new manager. In 1984, Tottenham Chairman, Irving Scholar had agreed with Alex Ferguson to take over as the new manager at Tottenham to replace Keith Burkinshaw. The Scot later decided to remain at Aberdeen and two seasons later moved to Old Trafford, the rest is history.

New Tottenham Targets

The Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be among the favourites to take charge at White Hart Lane. The Mirror have reported him as number 1 choice with David Moyes as an outsider. The Spurs fans at Stoke made it clear what they thought about a possible appointment of Moyes and it wasn’t favourable. Ben Rosenthal tweeted:

The name of Rafa Benitez keeps being put forward with former Liverpool captain, Phil Thompson saying, from @HotspurRelated,

Rafa is a top quality coach who did a great job at Chelsea under great pressure. If they do decide to go for him at Spurs then from what I hear he would jump at the chance of taking the job.

Rafa Benitez was one of the managers whose name was in the frame when Harry Redknapp was replaced by Andre Villas-Boas. He is an experienced manager who knows English football and is a winner.

It is unlikely that Tottenham will have a new manager in place any time soon. With the World Cup on the horizon, the thoughts of some of the possible candidates will be focused on that and a decision could be delayed until later in the summer which is not the best of preparation for the new season.

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