Who Would Be An Alternative To Louis van Gaal As Tottenham Manager?


Tim Sherwood’s time as manger at Tottenham is expected to be brought to a premature close in the summer. Louis van Gaal is favourite to replace him but who would be an alternative option to take charge at White Hart Lane?

The sacking of Andre Villas-Boas last December brought Tim Sherwood into the spotlight as Tottenham manager. Although he didn’t have any managerial experience, Sherwood appears to have been the only option available to Daniel Levy at the time as other more favoured candidates weren’t prepared to come during the season. Now, as many expected, rather than see out his 18-month contract, his time in charge will be brought to an end at the end of the season.

Who Will Take Over?

Daniel Levy’s preferred option is the Dutch international manager, Louis van Gaal, who according to Ruud Gullit is set to take over after the World Cup Finals. Spurs supporters are fully in agreement with this move for an experienced manager with a successful track record of management in Europe.Van Gaal has spoken of wanting to manage in the Premier League but should he get a ‘better’ offer, who else should Tottenham consider.

Possible Alternative Candidates

Other managers who have been linked in the media to the Tottenham post include Frank de Boer, Carlo Ancelotti, Fabio Capello, Rafa Benitez, Michale Laudrup, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klinsmann.

If Louis van Gaal doesn’t take over in the summer who should Tottenham then consider?

Frank de Boer, manager of Ajax but seems reluctant to leave holland at this stage of his career.

Carlo Ancelotti is under pressure at Real Madrid but if he wins the Champions League that should secure his future in Spain for another season.


Fabio Capello was linked with the Tottenham post last December and is another manager who may become available in the summer after the World Cup finals.

Rafa Benitez was a manager suggested in 2012 before the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas. Has experience of management across Europe and in the Premier League. Benitez knows how to organise a team and he is a winner.

Michael Laudrup was mentioned in December but wasn’t prepared to leave his post at Swansea in mid-season. His subsequent sacking from the Welsh club has probably lowered his status.

Mauricio Pochettino has impressed in his 16 months at Southampton and is the only manager currently in the Premier League who is being linked to the position at White Hart Lane.

Jurgen Klinsmann is fully occupied with managing the US team for the World Cup finals. He has an affinity with Tottenham where he is held in high regard from his days as a player but would he be prepared to give up his comfortable lifestyle in the States.

Tottenham’s record with foreign managers is poor as is their recent track record when they’ve brought in a former player to take on the manager’s position. In the summer of 2012, supporters, myself included, were reluctant to see any of the Premier League managers appointed and were dismissive of the claims of Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Martinez and David Moyes for appointment at White Hart Lane. Rodgers and Martinez have proved themselves capable of stepping up successfully to a higher level and while Moyes is having more difficulty at Old Trafford, in time he could turn things around.

If we accept the Louis van Gaal is not only the preferred option of Daniel Levy but also for the majority of Tottenham fans, should he decline the position, who would you select as an alternative or Plan ‘B’.

Who Would be an Alternative to Louis van Gaal?