Ex-Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has come out to say that he was so close to joining Tottenham in 2014.
He recently revealed that he eventually signed for Mufc because Daniel Levy blew the chance by waiting too long to offer him a contract.
According to him, the delay from the club CEO caused him to choose the Red Devils, but Spurs still did well to hire Mauricio Pochettino that year.
He added that he loved Tottenham when he was young and he was actually a huge fan of Jimmy Greaves.
His words, “Daniel Levy flew into Holland with a private jet and came to my house, where we spoke for several hours,”
“He even stayed on to watch the Southampton-Spurs match later that afternoon [which Spurs won 3-2]. He asked for my thoughts about that game, so that was a kind of test as well.
“When Levy wanted to leave in the evening, I noticed there were TV cameras outside my house. A Dutch broadcaster had heard that he was in Holland, and guessed he would be here for me.
“As we wanted to keep it quiet, I called my neighbour to ask whether he could take him away in his car. As they did, with Levy hiding in the back seat, I opened my front door and approached the reporters to ask what they were doing.
“It worked out very well – they were taken by surprise. As a coach, timing is everything! But it took Spurs a long time to make a firm offer, and United approached me in the meantime. They acted far quicker.
“I also liked the idea of going there, to coach the number one club in England – just like I had done before in Holland, Spain and Germany. If Spurs had come with a concrete offer earlier on, I’d have signed for them.
“Spurs were actually a club I liked when I was younger, as I was a big fan of Jimmy Greaves. I told Levy that as well, but he blew the chance by waiting so long.”
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