Speculation around the managerial situation at Tottenham has been rife for some considerable time and it will come of little surprise to most to hear that current boss Tim Sherwood - who stepped in follow Andre Villas Boas leaving the club in December - will not remain in charge for the new season.
Sherwood's reign started in a promising fashion with three wins from his first four Premier League games in charge but recently performances such as the 4-0 loss to Liverpool and the 4-0 loss to Chelsea have clearly been enough to convince the Spurs hierarchy that the 45-year-old is not the man to take the club forward.
Louis Van Gaal, who will lead the Dutch national team to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, is widely fancied to be the man to take over at White Hart Lane in what seems to be another summer of activity in North London.
Club Chairman Daniel Levy made his feelings clear about the club's performances recently, stating that "performances and results have not lived up to expectation" and with van Gaal free to leave his current role after this summer's tournament, his name has often been linked with any potential vacancy.
Paddy Power make the the 62-year-old just 1/3 (1.33) to be the next permanent Tottenham manager who has referenced his desire to manage in the Premier League in the past.
The double figure prices about the likes of Mauricio Pochettino (10/1), Frank de Boer (20/1) and Michael Laudrup (25/1) show just how likely the bookmakers believe that Van Gaal is ahead of the competition at the moment although with David Moyes' spell at Manchester United not getting off to the best of starts he has also been linked with a move to Manchester. That's an eventuality that Paddy Power make a 4/1 (5.0) chance.
The Netherlands qualified for the World Cup thanks to a flawless campaign that saw then take 28 points from an available 30 and conceding just five goals in that time.
With van Gaal's experience in charge of the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and more recently Bayern Munich, he is likely to be one of the most sought after managerial appointments of the summer but it remains to be seen if Spurs make him their next appointment.
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