Tottenham’s search for a new manager appears to have taken yet another major twist.
The reliable Fabrizio Romano claimed on Wednesday evening that Spurs scheduled a ‘direct meeting’ with Erik ten Hag, coming after several twists and turns which have seen Brendan Rodgers rule himself out of the running and Julian Nagelsmann agree to join Bayern Munich.
Romano revealed that the Ajax boss was among the candidates to become the new Spurs boss, with the 51-year-old thought to be open to leaving his current club in the summer.
However, Ajax revealed on Friday morning that ten Hag has now signed a one-year extension to his deal, keeping him in the Netherlands until 2023.
Romano has now claimed (via Twitter) that the new deal does not mean Tottenham are out of the race and the boss has not turned Spurs down, but they have taken a step back for now and will review other candidates.
Transfer Tavern take
Spurs fans will know ten Hag well following the club’s memorable Champions League semi-final with Ajax back in 2019.
He loves to use a 4-3-3 system (Transfermarkt), a formation that could have been of great effect in north London with the attacking talent Spurs have to offer, and a much-needed change from Jose Mourinho’s rigid 4-2-3-1.
Daniel Levy is thought to be looking for an attack-minded coach, and you only have to go back to Ajax’s free-scoring European run in 2019 to see that ten Hag could have been an ideal fit.
They knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the last four two years ago, but it doesn’t look like ten Hag will succeed Mourinho following this latest development.
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