Joachim Löw to Tottenham

The stories of Louis Van Gaal's wish for the Manchester United job to become available and therefore turn down Spurs are now all over the media.


Joachim Löw to TottenhamTottenham the perennial bridesmaids are used by players, agents and managers as a fall back position if nothing better comes along and usually it does. In this case we now hear from the Dutch media, who have been spot on so far when it comes to stories about Van Gaal, that he has told Daniel Levy he will not be coming to White Hart Lane.

For the fan it seems disastrous news and on the face of it it is. He is a top class manager who believes he is the best and wants to manage the biggest clubs in the biggest leagues. There is nothing wrong with that approach at all. He is a winner, with a winning mindset who wants to win.

That is exactly the mindset Tottenham need and don't have except in little pockets here and there. If we could fuse the Tim Sherwood winning mentality with the knowledge and experience of a Tony Pulis then we may have a manager that could take us places.

Daniel Levy and the board will have known this was a possibility and had contingency plans, one of those was Cesare Prandelli the Italian national manager who has just signed a 2 year contract extension.

It's a pity that with Van Gaal not willing to commit that we didn't snap him up instead straight away even if that meant letting Sherwood and the public know early that he was only ever an interim manager.

Spurs will have done their homework, this is an appointment they need to get right having spent £100 million on new players of which only one has been a partial success. That may sound harsh but there is no room for sentiment when making decisions, bottom line is they haven't delivered what was expected of them on a consistent basis.

We are faced with two options, a top class proven winner who develops youth and doesn't do it by spending money we don't have or a talented coach at a smaller club who can't win anything because he doesn't have the money to buy the level of player required.

Either is a gamble but the former is less of a gamble than the latter. Take Brendon Rodgers or Roberto Martinez and David Moyes. The three have delivered success, partial success and failure, two at big clubs with big expectations and demanding fans.

There is no guarantee that a manager who produces pleasing on the eye football can replicate that at another club. Everton would not want to let Martinez go and he seems to me to be a loyal and honourable man so I doubt he would want to leave either.

If Tottenham felt Argentinian Mauricino Pochettino was the man for the job surely they would have tried to appoint him in December. As it is all we have now done is waste 4 months waiting for a manager who now says no I want Manchester United.

By deciding to wait until after the World Cup this summer we have rejected young pretenders and signalled we will go for experience. If we limit our search to national managers then who are our options?

I have taken a look through the World Cup qualified teams and narrowed the search down to a potential list of eight.

World Cup Managers

Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil) age 65 - contract until World Cup but Brazil want him to stay in charge
Joachim Löw (Germany) age 54 - contract until 2016
Carlos Queiroz (Iran) age 61 - contract until World Cup
Alberto Zaccheroni (Japan) age 61 - contract until World Cup
Fabio Capello (Russia) age 67 - contract until 2018
Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland) age 65 - contract until World Cup and announced he will retire
Marc Wilmots (Belgium) age 45 - contract until 2018
Vicente del Bosque (Spain) age 63 - contract until 2016

The preferred formations of these are 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 generally. Ottmar Hitzfeld is retiring after the World Cup, Fabio Capello has a contract until 2018 as does Marc Wilmots, both Joachim Löw and Vicente del Bosque having contracts until 2016 and with Luiz Felipe Scolari wanted by Brazil to say in charge the potential list of World Cup managers to choose from appears to have shrunk to just two.

Luiz Felipe Scolari briefly reigned at Chelsea before they dismissed him and Carlos Queiroz learnt his trade under Sir Alex Ferguson. Of the list they are the only two with Premier League club experience although Fabio Capello was of course England manager.

Joachim Löw has done well but not won a tournament and with the next German manager in waiting Jurgen Klopp is doing his chances no harm with Borussia Dortmund. In October Löw signed a new contract until 2016 which on the face of it would appear to rule him out.


Joachim Löw to Tottenham



We don't know what makes the man tick, we don't know what his ambitions are, we don't know if the idea of managing in the Premier League appeals but if Daniel Levy feels he is the man then there is no harm in making enquiries.

Jurgen Klopp has been talked about in the media as a possible Tottenham target but it is perhaps his national team boss that is arguably a better potential target for Daniel Levy. Why would Klopp leave Dortmund for Spurs, he has Champions League football, has built a reputation and is surely in line to take over the national side when the post becomes available.

Joachim Löw has been unconsidered by the media but is known as a great tactician, he and Jurgen Klinsmann re-invented German football before Löw took over in 2008. Germany lost to Spain in Euro 2008.

In the 2010 World Cup Löw had the second youngest squad at the tournament who beat England 4-1, Argentina 4-0 before losing to Spain 1-0 in the semi-finals and finishing third.

He took Germany to Euro 2012 having won all 10 qualifying games. They were the only team to win all 3 group games (Portugal, Holland, Denmark) but after a 4-2 win over Greece lost to Italy in the semi-finals.

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It is said he would be most happy sitting in a cafe with a coaching book because he lives and breaths the game. He and Klinsmann transformed Germany into an attacking nation and now they are an attacking nation with youth capable of playing different systems for different games.

Joachim Löw would be just the man to take us forward with an emphasis on youth and provide the long term stability we need. He has the knowledge, the passion, the fire, he plays the attacking football we Spurs fans like to see, he has everything our next manager needs.

I think he would be just what Spurs are looking for.



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