Tottenham have stepped up their hunt for a new manager after reportedly scheduling a meeting with Erik ten Hag.
Daniel Levy will hold a “direct meeting” with the Dutch boss as he looks for a successor to Jose Mourinho. Ryan Mason was given the interim reins until the end of the season, but Levy is looking for a big-name replacement. Ten Hag, 51, has been at Ajax since December 2017 and has won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup twice. Ajax are heading for another title this season. They are 12 points ahead of PSV with four games to play.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was on Spurs’ radar. It’s understood their made an enquiry for the German, but Bayern Munich have appointed the German to replace Hansi Flick next season.
That left Levy to make a move for Ten Hag, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
Now Fabrizio Romano has reported that Spurs will meet with Ten Hag to discuss a move to North London.
Ten Hag has won 73 per cent of his 163 matches in Amsterdam. As such, he has earned himself an exciting reputation, despite not coaching in one of Europe’s major leagues.
Tottenham have scheduled a ‘direct meeting’ with Erik ten Hag. He’s among the candidates to become the new Spurs manager – ten Hag is open to leave Ajax in the summer. Nothing decided yet. ⚪️ #THFC #Spurs
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 28, 2021
Indeed, he took Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018/19 season. His team deposed of Real Madrid along the way, before dramatically losing to Spurs in the last four.
Ten Hag is understood to be one name on a shortlist of replacements for Mourinho.
The manager will have only one year left on his contract this summer. And he is understood to be looking for a new challenge.
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is also a wanted man, but Sky Sports claim Rodgers has no desire to take over in north London.
According to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari, for Sportitalia TV, Wolfsburg’s Glasner is now on Tottenham’s shortlist.
While Maurizio Sarri is also a leading contender, along with Ten Hag.