David Pleat recalls how 'shrewd' Hiddink rejected Alan Sugar's Tottenham... for South Korea

Guus Hiddink

The current Chelsea boss could have been Tottenham's manager once upon a time...

David Pleat says 'shrewd' Guus Hiddink ended up spurning Alan Sugar's Tottenham Hotspur to move to South Korea, according to BBC Football.

And the Dutchman didn't look back, enjoying a memorable World Cup campaign with the Asian country.

Pleat told the BBC: "Me and Alan Sugar met with Guus Hiddink in around 2001 to discuss him coming to Tottenham but he was a smarter man than both of us - because he took the South Korea job and had an enjoyable World cup.

"He is a shrewd man, a very clever man but he is too old to get a long-term role at Chelsea. He doesn't need it."

It's not the first time a Dutchman linked with Spurs hasn't made the move, of course.

Years ago, Hiddink may have been a good fit at White Hart Lane. But Tottenham are lucky to have missed out on Louis van Gaal, who was available when the north London instead appointed Mauricio Pochettino.

Even if Tottenham fail to lift any silverware this season and finish in a current worst-case scenario third, Pochettino will have enjoyed a superb campaign with Spurs and will have justified his move to the capital.

Sugar not getting his man 15 years ago, though, doesn't sound like much of a surprise. His Tottenham reign would soon be over, which was far from successful anyway.

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