Tottenham Hotspur eye Ajax's Erik Ten Haag as manager next season - report

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in acquiring the services of Erik Ten Haag as their manager from next season onwards.

Tottenham Hotspur want Erik Ten Haag as their next manager. (Image: Twitter)

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in acquiring the services of Erik Ten Haag as their manager from next season onwards. The London-based side are currently without a full-time manager having sacked Jose Mourinho. Former player Ryan Mason is in charge on an interim basis till the end of the season. However, he is not expected to be handed the reins long term. A report in the Guardian says that Spurs are now targetting Ten Haag. However, the 51-year-old was not the first choice of the Spurs heirarchy. Indeed, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s primary target was current RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann.

However, the 35-year-old German has been appointed manager of Bayern Munich. Ten Haag was also reportedly a target for Leipzig but they named Jesse Marsch their new manager.

Marsch is part of the overall Red Bull system; he is currently in charge of Leipzig’s sister side in Austria – Red Bull Salzburg.

Ten Haag would fit the ideal as a manager at Spurs. He has a good record of developing and coaching younger players and also plays attacking football.

He is currently contracted to Ajax till the end of the next season. However, he is said to be open to listening to the offer Spurs have to make.

Who else are Tottenham Hotspur targetting?

Aside from Nagelsmann and Ten Haag, Spurrs have been linked to a few other managerial candidates. Ralf Rangnick, who until recently was head of sport and development at Red Bull, has been linked.

Rangnick is considered one of the most influential coaches of the modern era. He has influenced the likes of Nagelsmann, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Ralph Hassenhutl among others.

Another potential candidate who has been mooted is Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers. However, he is said to be happy at Leicester.

Massimiliano Allegri, who last coached Juventus and is currently out of work, has also been linked to the job.

There remains a feeling, however, that Spurs’ next managerial appointment is key to their long-term future.

They are in danger of missing out on the top 4 for the second straight season now. Plus with a new stadium to pay for, they need all the revenue they can get.

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