Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal [Reuters]

Louis van Gaal has opened the door for a move to Tottenham Hotspur after the Holland manager dropped a hint in replacing Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane.

The former Barcelona manager is currently managing the Holland national team. The 62-year-old manager revealed that he will step down from his post after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Van Gaal was approached by the north London club after Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December last year. The Dutchman rejected the chance to replace the former Chelsea boss at the Lane.

However, Holland manager has admitted by saying that "Tottenham are coming" for his services.

"I will definitely not be in charge for the European [Championship qualifying] campaign. I don't know where I will go next, normally I go with my pension, go to live in Portugal, but maybe there will come a new challenge," Van Gaal said, as quoted in the Mirror.

"I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That's a challenge. Maybe Tottenham are coming, but first we have to go to Brazil."

Meanwhile, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy handed Sherwood 18-month-contract in December. However, the north London club's manager recently admitted that he could also face the sack if his side fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Spurs lost the last league game 1-0 to Norwich City away from home. The defeat has widened the gap with Liverpool as the north London club are fifth in the table with 50 points from 27 games, trailing the Reds by six points, who are in the fourth position.

The defeat has seen Spurs suffer a blow in their hope of qualifying for the Europe's elite club competition next season. Sherwood has urged his players to focus on the performance and not depend on other clubs to drop points.

"We've just got to get on with our own job. We can't rely on other people to lose every game and for us to qualify for the Champions League. It's not going to happen. The gap [behind Liverpool] looks big but we've got to bounce back now," Sherwood explained.

"We've got two games now, the second leg on Thursday then Cardiff at home next week. We need characters in the dressing room to do that. It's the first major setback I've had and we're going to need to be spirited to come back and show what we're made of."