Erik ten Hag will not replace Jose Mourinho at Spurs after the Ajax boss signed a new deal with the Dutch giants on Friday, days after Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers also disapproved of the North Londoners.
The 51-year-old had emerged as the front runner to replace the Portuguese, who was fired by Chairman Daniel Levy after a disappointing season at the club.
However, contrary to reports that Spurs had scheduled a ‘direct meeting’ with ten Hag, Ajax has announced that the manager will remain with the club until 2023 after agreeing an extension to his existing deal that would expire next summer.
“We want to work on a successful and attractive Ajax,” ten Hag told the club official website. ‘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 am happy here. ‘
‘Getting somewhere is one thing, staying somewhere is another. Ajax is back on the international map again. 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. ‘
Erik ten Hag has rejected Spurs after agreeing a contract extension with the Dutch giants Ajax
The Dutchman was a top candidate for Daniel Levy in his search for a new coach
NEXT SPURS BOSS
Brendan Rodgers 10/3 (was 13/2)
Maurizio Sarri 6/1 (was 4/1)
Eddie Howe 13/2 (was 14/1
Erik ten Hag 12/1 (was 21/10)
Nuno Espirito Santo 12/1
Roberto Martinez 1/12
Jurgen Klinsmann 14/1
Rafa Benitez 14/1
Scott Parker 14/1
Graham Potter 16/1
Ralf Rangnick 16/1
Gareth Southgate 20/1
Steven Gerrard 20/1
Ryan Mason 20/1
Ten Hag recognized the strong ties with Spurs and emphasized that Ajax ‘is his head and heart’.
“I don’t want to rule out that that could have happened, but I know what I have here,” he said via email Jonathan Veal. ‘I know who I’m working with, I know what the ideas are, I know what goals we have. I am happy here. That’s where my head and heart are. ‘
In a thinly disguised dig into the rumors linking him to Spurs, Ajax tweeted: ‘His house? Amsterdam ‘at the announcement of ten Hag’s contract extension.
The club shared an image of Ten Hag along with club chief and former Man United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar with a glass of champagne after signing on the dotted line.
Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason is in control until the end of the season as Levy pursues his quest for an experienced attacking manager to replace Mourinho – has been criticized for being too cautious during his tenure.
Ten Hag had been identified as a target, with the Dutchman winning rave reviews after leading Ajax to the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals, where they were eliminated by Spurs after an engaging two-legged encounter.
The Dutchman is the last manager to step away from the Spurs hotseat after Foxes manager Rodgers insisted he had no intention of leaving the East Midlands club amid reports linking him to the vacancy.
‘I am very happy here. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the players here, the board and I really feel like I want to continue my work here, ” Rodgers said on Wednesday.
Levy is looking for a new manager after firing underneath boss Jose Mourinho last week
However, Ten Hag has committed himself to two more years in Amsterdam (photo with Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar, left, and Marc Overmaars, right)
Ajax set up a thinly disguised dig at Spurs when announcing Ten Hag’s new deal on Friday morning
‘I have a bunch of players who give me their heart and soul every day and I also see a future here in terms of the development of the team.
‘I have a very strong bond with the board. We work very closely together.
‘I always knew the challenge here was to try to improve the squad, and over the years we’ve been able to build an infrastructure around behavior and create a mindset to win.
‘That is not easy, but you can now see the mentality around developing that will and the desire to win. Let’s now see for the coming years whether we can roll it out now, whether we can continuously evolve.
“Tottenham is a great club, one of the greatest clubs in Britain, but for me I am just in a very, very happy place in my life.”
Ten Hag joins Brendan Rodgers (L) and Julian Nagelsmann (R) in rejecting the North Londoners
Wolf boss Nuno Espirito Santo has reportedly been pushed to the Spurs by Jorge Mendes
The attention had turned to Rodgers after Spurs’ No.1 candidate Julian Nagelsmann chose German giants Bayern Munich over the Europa League outfit.
Maurizio Sarri and Rafa Benitez are expected to take over at Tottenham, with the pair out of work since leaving Juventus and Dalian Professional respectively.
Nuno Espirito Santo has also been linked to the vacancy, with reports that super agent Jorge Mendes has pushed the Wolves boss in Levy’s direction.
Interim coach Mason has the unlikely task of getting Spurs into the top four before the end of the season. Tottenham are currently five points behind Chelsea in fourth place and are staring at a second season in a row without Champions League football.
Rafa Benitez (L) and Maurizio Sarri (R) are still fighting to take the job at Tottenham