Spurs await the next messiah

Regular readers will know all about Louis Van Gaal, the meeting in December with Daniel Levy when agreement was reached in principle for the Dutch national coach to tale over after the World Cup.

Spurs await the next messiah

The fly in the ointment was David Moyes at Manchester United, if he had gone then Van Gaal would have gone to Old Trafford. Robert Pirez revealed that the players knew and it was common knowledge within Dutch football circles.

I suggested a while back that Spurs fans should be cheering on United for the remainder of the season, that hopefully results would improve and they would keep him. That is expected to be the case now which leaves Van Gaal free to join Spurs.

The deal in principle will have to be turned into a contract by May 7th if his appointment is to be confirmed before the World Cup begins.That day signals the start of tournament preparations and he will need to remain focused on his players from then. He has already indicated and arrangements have been made for him to leave his post as national team manager after Brazil.

He has avoided media speculation as much as he could up until now until his employers gave him permission to seek to prepare alternative employment. That alternative employment he wants to be in the Premier League and his two options Spurs and Man United. There is not expected to be any complications but if any do arise and Van Gaal not appointed then Daniel Levy will turn to Cesare Prandelli the Italian national coach.

There have been many false dawns at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas being just the latest one. he was seen almost as the messiah when he took over, now it's time for the new messiah to finally take us to the promised land.

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No doubt there will be plenty of speculation about who Spurs will let go and who they will buy but Louis Van Gaal does not want star signings, just players who will listen and play the system he uses his way. That system is always 4-3-3 which is what we bought all the players in the summer to play.

One other aspect not picked up upon yet is the fact that he always retains one coach from the club he goes to. Tim Sherwood has indicated he will not take the number two role, Les Ferdinand is expected to depart in Sherwood does which leaves only Chris Ramsey and Steffen Freund.

Chris Ramsey has been coaching the youth until January and Steffen Freund has had a back seat since he fell out with Andre Villas-Boas after the Arsenal game in the league at the Emirates early in the season.

When Louis Van Gaal arrives it is likely to be Steffen Freund who is the beneficiary stepping back into his number 2 role again. Will that pairing be enough to keep Lewis Holtby at The Lane after his loan spell, I hope so.

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