Tottenham are preparing to approach Ajax manager Frank de Boer to replace Andre Villas-Boas, according to reports from The Mirror.

Spurs sacked their Portuguese coach earlier this week after a 5-0 defeat at the hands of fellow top four contenders Liverpool capped a below par start to the season.

AVB oversaw a £110m re-build of his squad following the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid over the summer, but a woeful scoring record – 15 goals in 16 games – and drubbings at the hands of West Ham, Manchester City and the aforementioned Reds sealed his fate in the eyes of chairman Daniel Levy.

Technical director Tim Sherwood has been put in temporary charge of the team, but he was unable to avoid Capital One Cup elimination at White Hart Lane at the hands of the Hammers.

As a result he looks unlikely to get the job on a permanent basis, forcing the club to make a speedy solution.

De Boer is their favoured candidate, with director of football Franco Baldini particularly keen on the Dutchman.

It is thought that enquiries have already been made regarding the Ajax coach, with Spurs’ hierarchy impressed by his track record and playing style.

De Boer guided the Amsterdam side to Eredivisie glory last season and is thought of as one of European football’s top young coaches.

 

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