Louis van Gaal reveals funny Daniel Levy incident amidst Tottenham Hotspur job discussions
According to the Daily Mail, Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has revealed a funny incident that took place following his meeting with Daniel Levy in 2014.
The Dutchman was hot property after leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the Spurs hot seat vacant, Levy made the trip to Van Gaal’s house in Noordwijk to try and persuade him to replace Tim Sherwood. (h/t Daily Mail)
The meeting ended with Levy leaving Van Gaal’s house in the trunk of a car to give a journalist the slip. (h/t Daily Mail)
“Daniel Levy went to my house here in Noordwijk and left in the trunk, because Jack van Gelder [a local journalist] was outside”
In spite of our chairman’s antics, it was not to be as the Dutchman eventually took over at Manchester United. Having led the Netherlands to third place in Brazil, he was riding a wave of optimism heading to Old Trafford.
He has however suggested that things could have been different had Spurs been hastier. (h/t Daily Mail)
“It took a long time and he actually gave Manchester United the opportunity to make an offer”
Having missed out on the 68-year-old, Levy went on to appoint Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Argentine tactician would outlast the Dutchman, spending five seasons in the Tottenham Hotspur hot seat. Pochettino built us into one of the most formidable teams in England and Europe, leading us to the Champions League final last season.
Unfortunately, in spite of the progress, we could not win a trophy under the Argentine’s leadership. He eventually left earlier this season and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
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Van Gall would last just two seasons at Manchester United. It is difficult to predict how he would have done at Tottenham.
However, given we brought in Pochettino, we don’t think many fans will mind having missed out on the legendary Dutchman.