Should Tottenham sack Sherwood for Van Gaal?

Van Gaal has a huge honours list inlcuding the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, La Liga, Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Copa del Rey and plenty more.

Tim Sherwood will not go down without a challenge although it seems he will be replaced if he does not achieve the club's targets.
Van Gaal has a huge honours list inlcuding the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, La Liga, Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Copa del Rey and plenty more.

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The possible arrival of Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal at White Hart Lane seems to be throwing up plenty of excitement for the North Londeners.  
Despite Tim Sherwood's relatively consistent start to his Tottenham managerial career with seven wins in his first ten league games, criticism over the tactics left some fans are on the fence, suggesting that Sherwood's inexperience is beginning to peep through.  There are questions over his timing of substitutes which see it left too late for Spurs to salvage anything from a losing position.

An impressive turnaround in the second leg against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League saw Christian Eriksen's class shine through whilst Emmanuel Adebayor's fortunes in front of goal battered their opponent’s defensive line to set up a tasty double encounter against Portuguese side Benfica in the round of sixteen.  A win over Cardiff City at home got Spurs back on track but Tottenham capitulated in the second half against Chelsea on Saturday, losing 4-0 following a positive first forty-five minutes.  Sherwood announced in his post match interview that his side lacked character and didn't deserve to finish in the top four performing as they did.  A North London derby with Arsenal will be yet another true test of Sherwood's ability as Spurs look to close gap on the top four.

Van Gaal has previously met with with Chairman Daniel Levy to discuss his appointment after the 2014 World Cup which sees the Dutch take on Spain, Chile and Australia in Group B of the first round. 

The Dutch press believes Van Gaal's style and managerial experience would see him become the club's most spectacular appointment in years.  However, Norwich City manager and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Chris Hughton has given Tim Sherwood his back whilst heavily criticising Van Gaal for mentioning his potential move to White Hart Lane in the media of late.  Hughton has suggested Van Gaal is in no place to reveal a possible contract signing whilst Sherwood still leads the club.  The Canaries boss believes Tottenham should stick with Sherwood even if they fail to reach the UEFA Champions League next season.Sherwood has been ruthless during his time at White Hart Lane so far but for some he hasn't done enough, but did AVB leave him too much to do?

Van Gaal was initially linked to the vacant role alongside Tim Sherwood following Andre Villas-Boas dismissal in December. Nevertheless, Van Gaal politely turned down the role due to his commitment to the Netherlands national team but has hinted at how he may be interested after the international tournament has taken place in Brazil this summer.  The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich chief will be resigning from his position as the Orange Army's national coach and therefore will be fully open to big offers in his next role.

Sherwood's focus will not be taken away amidst talk of being forced out by Van Gaal's high credentials.  He has fully acknowledged how he expects to lose his job should the club fail to finish in the top four and has expressed his disappointment at falling behind in the league of late to reach the world's biggest club competition.  However, Sherwood has given his Spurs troops the opportunity to express themselves to reduce the deficit.  The manager's passion and taste for victory has been clearly demonstrated on the touchline which sees huge grins and animated fist pumps when his team performs to their highest standards. 

Tottenham fans know the script, they either experience huge disappointment or jubilation but have ultimately failed when it comes to winning trophies or finding the consistency that has seen the club massively underachieve.  Regardless of who comes in or if Sherwood remains in his post the stakes will still prove to be demanding, with a repeat of Harry Redknapp's era becoming more and more desperate.

How will the Chairman decide?

The controversy would effortlessly role in if Sherwood is replaced should he secure a top four finish.  Although this would seem like a bizarre decision, Daniel Levy is not afraid to demonstrate his power and substance to make changes.  In favour of the current manager, his feisty stance and his ruthless attitude is being fully supported by the majority at the Lane.  Levy needs to be clever and pledge his need to consider a manager for a period of longevity but does he truly believe Sherwood has the class he is looking for or is Louis Van Gaal's Curriculum Vitae just too strong to turn down?

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