Van Gaal is a done deal

I have run several article on Louis Van Gaal as he has been lined up as our next manager since Daniel Levy met him at his house when we played Southampton away on 22nd December. That game was Tim Sherwood's first game in charge and that was the day his future was decided.

Van Gaal is a done deal

Regardless of what happened for the rest of the season Sherwood was going to be replaced by Louis Van Gaal unless one scenario happened, that Manchester United sacked David Moyes.

Daniel Levy travelled by private aircraft to Holland where he met Louis Van Gaal at his house in Noordwijk and spent the afternoon with him. The deal to bring Van Gaal to Tottenham after the World Cup was agreed in principle subject to that one fly in the ointment.

Van Gaal has won titles in Holland, Spain and Germany and has made no secret of the fact he wants to do so in England. He said in January when he was over in England for a Jose Mourinho tribute evening, "I've always said that I want to work in the Premier League."

He does not need superstars and is prepared to do it with youth, just as he did with AZ Alkmaar in Holland.

He took an unfashionable club, molded the youth, who demanded he stay when he offered to leave because they were not getting the results, and won the title in his second season. It was an astonishing feat and one Daniel Levy wants him to replicate at Tottenham.

The model at Spurs is youth orientated and Van Gaal operates a system, he doesn't care how old a player is, if he feels he can fit into his system that's it, he plays. Levy outlined the Spurs model to him and how the club wishes to build a legacy, a production line of talent.

With an income some £100 million or more less than their rivals for a top four berth it is the only option. Carried out correctly then it is sustainable and the knock-on effects are a new stadium and increased revenue to compete more on equal terms. Regular Champions League football brings new partners, new sponsorship and higher off-field income.

Van Gaal will have targets. the Champions League and then the Premier League title. He feels he can win it if players buy into his system, his way of doing things. Don't and they won't be at Spurs, it's his way or no way.

The Van Gaal 4-3-3 system will be deployed throughout the club at all levels so anyone stepping up a side knows their role. Youngsters stepping up to the Under 21 Development Squad will know exactly what is expected of them and the same applies to anyone stepping up into the first XI.

Former top Dutch player Ruud Gullit has confirmed that Levy and Van Gaal have met. The story was covered by the Dutch media at the time and people close to the Dutch national team have also confirmed it. They have also confirmed that if the Manchester United job becomes available Van Gaal will go there, otherwise it's Spurs.
Van Gaal is a done deal
Done deal believes Ruud Gullit

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."

There was always a chance of course that Tim Sherwood's audition would go spectacularly well and cause a re-think, highly unlikely of course but still a possibility.

In Holland it is considered a done deal which endorses my own view. I look forward to seeing a top coach, a proven winner over time in different countries come to Spurs.

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