Despite the reputation of Daniel Levy, a reenforced White Hart Lane squad could be an attractive proposition for the likes of Van Gaal or Rafa Benitez.
The latest look at the managerial odds for Tottenham's next manager is a list full of some of the most promising young managers in the game peppered with some serial achievers from the last decade or so.
With four of their summer signings starting against the Black Cats, and Christian Eriksen looking like a genuine class player in the making, Tottenham have a squad packed full of international players all of which can develop further. A few choice acquisitions in the summer, as suggested by Daniel Levy this week, could provide the quality needed to break into the Champions League places.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville commented on the likely improvements in the squad next year: "I think the person who picks up the job next season will get a better Paulinho, a better Lamela and a better Eriksen. Capoue has been in and out, so they are going to get better service out of those players next season."
The irony is that if Andre Villas-Boas or Sherwood could have avoided the heavy losses against the sides above them, they may have kept their jobs, even if they would have still suffered defeats in these fixtures.
If Louis van Gaal or whoever comes in can tap into the potential of these young players and put together a relatively stable side, it will seem like a significant development in the fortunes of the team.
The club have a state of the art training ground and a new stadium arriving in the next few years. Any successful manager is likely to be present when Spurs make that move, and it isn't a stretch to say that Tottenham remain the best placed side in the country to challenge the elite of the Premier League.
Strong finances and a decent fan base will only swell as long as Spurs remain in or around the top quarter of the league.
If Tottenham are lucky enough to get a young, promising manager that can grow with the club, such as Frank de Boer, Mauricio Pochettino or Jurgan Klinsmann, they can become a force with this group of players. If they end up with a proven title winning manager such as Louis van Gaal or Rafa Benitez, that success may come even quicker.
The trick for Daniel Levy is making sure the individual that does come in is there long enough to provide some stability, and not another stopgap before the 'right one' arrives.