Betting: Louis Van Gaal the hot favourite to succeed Sherwood at Spurs

Goal understands that the former England international will be relieved of his duties at the end of the season and that the current Netherlands coach is in line to take over
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Speculation around the managerial situation at Tottenham Hotspur has been rife for some considerable time and it will come of little surprise to learn that Goal understands that current boss Tim Sherwood - who stepped in follow Andre Villas Boas leaving the club in December - will not not be in charge next season.

Sherwood's reign started in a promising fashion, with three wins from his first four Premier League games at the helm, but recently performances, such as the 4-0 drubbings at the hands of Liverpool and Chelsea have, have clearly convinced 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.

Chairman Daniel Levy made his feelings clear about the club's form 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, who has referenced his desire to manage in the Premier League in the past, just 1/3 (1.33) to be the next permanent Tottenham manager.

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, the Dutchman 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 them 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, so it remains to be seen if Spurs make him their next boss.

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