Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag ‘back in frame to become new Tottenham manager’ after Daniel Levy’s hunt for Antonio Conte stalled amid concerns over the club’s ability to win trophies
- Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is reportedly back in the frame for the Tottenham job
- Spurs’ talks with Antonio Conte stalled on Friday due to concerns from the Italian
- Ten Hag had his Ajax contract automatically extended until 2023 in April
- But Tottenham would consider a transfer for the 51-year-old
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is reportedly back in the frame for the Tottenham job after their bid to bring Antonio Conte to north London stalled on Friday.
The Spurs are still looking for a replacement for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April and thwarted in efforts to recruit Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers.
Talks with Conte, chairman Daniel Levy’s preferred choice, have also stalled over the Italian’s concerns over the club’s ambitions. And The mirror now claims Ten Hag, who was one of the original candidates, back in the picture.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is reportedly back in the battle for the job of Tottenham manager
Spurs’ bid to bring Antonio Conte to north London stalled amid concerns from the Italian
A transfer for Ten Hag seemed unlikely after Ajax activated an extension clause in the Dutchman’s contract, which means that he will remain in Amsterdam until 2023.
“We want to work on a successful and attractive Ajax,” ten Hag tells the club official website after signing his new deal in April.
“I know what I have here and I know the people I work with here. I also know how we can take the next step with this team. I’m happy here.’
Ex-Inter Milan boss Conte is likely to be Daniel Levy’s first choice to replace Jose Mourinho
‘Getting somewhere is one thing, staying somewhere is another. Ajax is back on the map internationally. We get the recognition we deserve for that, but we want even more. We want to go even higher and challenge the top clubs in Europe.’
However, the Mirror reports that the Spurs will see if they can strike a deal to bring the 51-year-old to the Premier League next month.
Ten Hag won the Eredivisie and the Dutch Cup last season and was manager when Ajax reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, where they were dramatically defeated by Tottenham.
The Spurs would have been impressed by the football that the Ten Hag team played in both European matches.
Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with a return to north London, but a deal has proved difficult, with Paris Saint-Germain not determined to keep him in France.
Ajax activated an extension clause in Ten Hag’s contract, which means that his deal runs until 2023
Talks with Conte will continue this weekend, but the Spurs need to convince him of their long-term project. Conte, 51, wants assurances that the club will take it seriously and eventually challenge for major silverware.
Fabrizio Romano also reports that Conte was not convinced by the club’s project, nor was he able to bring more than four staffers with him, while there remained a wide gap in salary expectations between the Italian and Spurs chiefs.
Former Chelsea boss Conte is used to winning trophies and wanted assurances that the club was serious about eventually challenging for big silverware.