With rumours circulating that Tim Sherwood will not be in charge of Tottenham Hotspur next season, the man most regularly tipped to replace him is current Holland national boss Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman has bags of experience and an impressive record of success, and one wonders just how much impact he could have at White Hart Lane were he to arrive. While Sherwood has the passion he does not have the experience of the 62-year-old, who has previously been in charge at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
But with Spurs’ fierce rivals Arsenal at risk of finishing another season without a trophy, and with their hopes of finishing in the top four now resting on what Everton do between now and the end of the campaign, could the Gunners decide it is time to replace Arsene Wenger with a man who would have no trouble fitting in at the Emirates Stadium in van Gaal?
I am certainly playing devil’s advocate with this one, but if the worst-case scenario occurs and Arsenal do not lift the FA Cup or qualify for the Champions League, who better to restore cup triumph than a man who has been there and done it, and a man who is seemingly ready for a new challenge after the World Cup?
Tottenham fans will not like me for saying it, but could Arsenal’s board really stand by and watch van Gaal move to Tottenham without at least trying to tempt his hand?
Perhaps the deal is all but done, or perhaps the Dutchman only has eyes for the Spurs hot-seat. But with Arsenal’s season at risk of capitulation yet again, some are calling for a change, and what better man to replace Wenger than an accessible and hugely-succesful target?
Talk of the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Martinez are just pipe-dreams. But van Gaal? Just imagine what he could do at the Gunners?