Erik ten Hag is back in the frame for the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job for the third time…
That’s according to ESPN, who claim that the North London outfit are back at square one in their tumultuous managerial search after deciding to not appoint Gennaro Gattuso following backlash from supporters.
Spurs pulled out of a move to hire Paulo Fonseca when the former AC Milan midfielder became available, having left Fiorentina after just 23 days.
It’s now thought that the club will reassess potential candidates, which the Ajax supremo is thought to still feature despite signing a contract extension at the Eredivise champions and being linked twice before.
After so many twists and turns in the space of just two months, it is now surely time for chairman Daniel Levy to put an end to the Spurs managerial circus.
Jose Mourinho was sacked in mid-April and since then, it seems as if the Premier League side have missed out on over a handful of top targets.
It all started with Julian Nagelsmann, who opted for Bayern Munich, and then Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and now the aforementioned two former Serie A coaches.
Ten Hag is one name that has remained constant in their search, so the Lilywhites hierarchy must look to turn their interest into something legitimate now.
Since day one, he’s been one of the clear and obvious fits for the club. Levy was said to be after an attack-minded boss who could develop the club’s young stars. More or less another Pochettino.
And that’s exactly what the 51-year-old has done at Ajax.
Over in Holland, he’s amassed an impressive 74% win rate over 167 matches in charge by playing an expansive and exciting system that has been created through inspiration from Man City’s Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff.
Furthermore, that includes a whopping 2.34 points and 2.71 goals per game.
Progressing talents like Mattiajs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have seen the Ajax earn lucrative profits, and that’s all down to the Dutchman not only trusting them to start but also his “remarkable” ability to develop youngsters.
As such, Ten Hag has been lauded as “one of the most exciting coaching talents in world football” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whilst football.london reporter Alasdair Gold claimed he would be “another Pochettino.”
“Everything I’m hearing about Ten Hag is that Spurs see him as very much similar to Pochettino in the sense he’s a players’ coach and can improve what they have got and bring them on,” he said during a live Periscope. “He’s excellent with younger players. “I wouldn’t discount him if Spurs can’t get Pochettino, he’s seen as another Pochettino.”
Given the lack of options out there, Levy must turn to the Dutchman to finally end this nightmare. He cannot afford to risk this disaster rumbling on into pre-season, which is due to start next month.