LOUIS VAN GAAL has revealed that Daniel Levy fled his house in a car BOOT back in 2014, after the pair had held talks over the vacant Tottenham job.The Spurs chairman was hoping to avoid the prying eyes of a local journalist.3 Levy was keen to secure van Gaal as Tim Sherwood’s successorCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 The Dutchman joined Man United instead after negotiations took ‘too long’Credit: PA:Press AssociationVan Gaal was seen as a leading contender to replace the sacked Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane, but Levy took “too long” to seal the deal.The 68-year-old revealed: “Daniel Levy went to my house here in Noordwijk and left in the trunk, because Jack van Gelder [a local journalist] was outside.”It took a long time and he actually gave Manchester United the opportunity to make an offer.”The Red Devils announced the appointment of the Dutchman on May 19, before he lead his country to a thrilling run to the World Cup semi-finals that summer.His two years at Old Trafford saw him secure fourth and fifth placed finishes in the Premier League.The second of these seasons also saw van Gaal seal FA Cup glory at Wembley.3But he was sacked less than 48 hours later, to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.Van Gaal hasn’t worked in football again since leaving United, announcing his retirement from football last year.Meanwhile, having been spurned by LVG, Levy moved for Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, confirming the appointment on May 27.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidThe Argentine became a heroic figure in N17 over the next five years, securing the club’s highest ever Premier League finish and getting his side playing swashbuckling football.But he was sacked in November last year, just six months after taking Spurs to their first ever Champions League final.Like van Gaal, he too was replaced by Mourinho.Robin van Persie reveals brutal Man Utd exit after ‘ruthless’ Van Gaal sat striker down and told him ‘you have to go’
When scientists slap an acoustic tag on a fish, they may be inadvertently helping seals find their next meal. The tags, rods a few centimeters long that give off a ping that can be detected from up to a kilometer away, are often used to follow fish for studies on their migration, hunting, or survival rates. Researchers working with 10 gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) who were captive for a year have now reported that the animals—including the female seal pictured above, named Janice—can learn to associate the pings with food. The researchers let seals swim in a pool with 20 large metal enclosures containing, behind a flap, either a bucket of tagged fish, untagged fish, or nothing. After only a few days, the seals began to visit the pinging boxes more frequently than the other boxes. Even when all the boxes were empty—so not releasing any scents of food—the seals were more than twice as likely to swim to boxes that contained tags, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. If the findings hold true in the wild, the authors warn, they could skew the results of studies trying to analyze fish survival rates or predation.