Louis van Gaal has moved to the top of the list to become the replacement of André Villas-Boas at Tottenham, according to NOS, the dutch equivalent of the BBC.
Speculation had been mounting in the English press the last couple of days, but now the Dutch public broadcasting company NOS, confirmed the story through a “very reliable source.”
The NOS are usually well-informed when it comes to both Ajax and the Dutch national team. Previously, they called the transfers of both Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen days ahead of the official announcements by the clubs involved.
Van Gaal is currently working as the coach of the Dutch national team. His contract with the KNVB (the Dutch football association) runs until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Dutch coach, nicknamed The Tulip General, has expressed his desire to return to club management on various occasions. He also expressed his wish to work in English football before his retirement from management.
According to the NOS, Tottenham want to hire Van Gaal as soon as possible. It is understood the club thinks combining the Dutch national team and managing Tottenham is an option. If Van Gaal chooses to join after the World Cup, Spurs will appoint an interim manager for the time being.
The Dutch coach (62) became a household name in European football after he guided Ajax to Champions League glory in 1995. Besides Ajax, he has coached FC Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern München. He has won the domestic title at all of these clubs.
Van Gaal is known as a man who values personal discipline, technical ability, tactical awareness and multi-versatility. Van Gaal is considered as one of the most influential football managers of the last two decades. Whilst he has enjoyed considerable success on the pitch, his attitude towards the media, has earned him a reputation of somewhat of a hard-nosed personality.
When queried by the Dutch press, Louis van Gaal released a statement through the KNVB, in which he stated he declines to comment on the story at this moment.