Mar 29, 2014, 7:28 AM EDT
The Tim Sherwood experiment at Tottenham Hotspur is set to come to an end, with Louis van Gaal tapped to take over at the end of the World Cup.
Van Gaal, 62, took over as Netherlands manager after the country’s disastrous run in Euro 2012. With van Gaal at the helm, Holland went unbeaten in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group, winning nine and drawing one. The Flying Dutchmen hope for a performance much more in line with South Africa, in which they were runners-up, than their dismal showing in Poland/Ukraine.
However, Holland’s performance in Brazil likely won’t impact van Gaal’s future. Guus Hiddink has already been lined up to take his place at the conclusion of the tournament. And now, it seems, a deal is in place for him to take over at Spurs.
Maybe. Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit told BBC 5 live: “I know for sure he was at Van Gaal’s house, the [Spurs] chairman. I think it’s a done deal, but you never know.”
The possibility certainly seems likely. Van Gaal himself recently admitted he’d like to coach in the Premier League. And Sherwood, well, he knows his 18-month contract could be cut short. The Tottenham boss said, “I am realistic enough to know this is a dress rehearsal. I am untried.”
Since Sherwood’s appointment in December, Spurs have won ten, drawn three and lost eight. That leaves the side in sixth, seven points off a Champions League spot and even in danger of losing out on Europe all together. Incidentally, when Tottenham gave André Villas-Boas the boot, they were in seventh, eight points back of Arsenal…in first.
So yes, Spurs are likely to be looking for Sherwood’s replacement. But this particular link may be tenuous at best.
Jul 23, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT
Beasley signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Dynamo and becomes the club’s third Designated Player.
Jul 23, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT
Catch Liverpool and AS Roma live on NBCSN and online via Live Extra tonight at 7:00pm ET.
Jul 23, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT
Jurgen Klinsmann has long coveted Zelalem and the 17-year old looks to be next in line to don the Stars & Stripes.
Jul 23, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
According to Fuchs, Germany and France would be happy to take over if needed.
Jul 23, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT
Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals during a loan spell with Swansea in 2011/12, returns at the Liberty after two seasons at Spurs.
Jul 23, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
Can the Spanish international be a success at Chelsea? You bet.
Jul 23, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
Is there anything Balotelli can’t do?
Jul 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT
Will Lampard be suiting up at Yankee Stadium for NYC FC next season? We find out Thursday…
Jul 23, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT
The show will go on, but not in eastern Ukraine as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the military continues.
Jul 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
German boss reveals he will stay on as manager until at least 2016. Can you smell a dynasty?
Jul 23, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT
Substance over style: Barca sign towering defender from La Liga rivals Valencia.
Jul 23, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT
Will the Mexican international be moving on this summer?
Jul 23, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT
Aspas to Spanish radio: “They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer.”
Jul 23, 2014, 8:07 AM EDT
Cole: “People were killing me about possibly playing in the USA, saying it’s for the money and easy lifestyle, I choose to play in a more demanding place and team.”
Jul 23, 2014, 7:38 AM EDT
Van Gaal: “You have to fly a lot, you also have jetlag – that is not very positive for a good preparation. The tour was already arranged so I have to adapt.”
Jul 22, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
Business up front. Defense in the rear.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT
L.A. Galaxy Insider report also speculates that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could take a Designated Player spot in Major League Soccer if he leaves Old Trafford.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT
“It’s obviously a shame he’s not here, but Liverpool is a club that’s bigger as any individual,” Rodgers said from Fenway Park.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
Inter Milan and Queens Park Rangers have swooped in for two of the Bluebirds’ best players, and Vincent Tan probably isn’t too happy.
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