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Levy forced to gamble after van Gaal rejection

After a succession of managers at White Hart Lane, it is imperative the right man is installed for the start of the new season.  Given the investment in the squad over the past few years, Tottenham Hotspur can’t afford to miss out again on the revenue provided by the Champions League.

Following Louis van Gaal’s decision to sign a contract with Manchester United, it appears club chairman Daniel Levy now has a straight choice between Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pochettino.  Both are young, upcoming managers who have enjoyed success with their current employers.

This season De Boer won his fourth consecutive Eredivisie league title with Ajax and memories of the Dutchman’s stellar playing career guarantees him players’ respect.  In England, Pochettino led Southampton to a highly creditable eighth in the Premier League.  The Argentine’s success in the division will certainly be looked on favourably by Tottenham’s board. 

However, due to their relative inexperience, both managers represent something of a gamble.  Whoever Levy picks though, it is vital that he sticks with his decision.  He must not hit the panic button when times are tough, as he did with Andre Villas-Boas.

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