The USA coach says he left Spurs back in 1995 to play in the Champions League.
"My reason for leaving the Spurs was only to play on a bigger stage," he said. "That's why I left the Spurs for Bayern Munich many years ago. I wanted to play top European football.
"That might be the risk now with Gareth. But I hope they make it happen, qualify for the Champions League and play Champions League next season and can keep Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane. That is my big hope."