Does ANYONE want the Spurs job? Erik ten Hag will NOT replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham after the Ajax boss penned a new deal until 2023… hours after Brendan Rodgers ruled himself out and Bayern snapped up Julian Nagelsmann
- Erik ten Hag will not join Spurs after agreeing a new deal with Dutch side Ajax
- The Dutchman had been linked with the vacancy after Jose Mourinho’s sacking
- However, the 51-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal until 2023
- Ten Hag joins Brendan Rodgers and Julian Nagelsmann in snubbing Tottenham
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 snubbed the north Londoners.
The 51-year-old had emerged as the frontrunner to replace the Portuguese, who was sacked by chairman Daniel Levy following an underwhelming season with the club.
However, contrary to reports that Spurs had scheduled a ‘direct meeting’ with ten Hag, Ajax have announced that the manager will remain at the club until 2023 after agreeing an extension to his existing deal that was set to expire next summer.
‘We want to work on a successful and attractive Ajax,’ ten Hag told the club’s 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’m happy here.’
‘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.’
Erik ten Hag has snubbed Spurs after agreeing a contract extension with Dutch giants Ajax
The Dutchman was a top candidate for Daniel Levy as he conducts his search for a new coach
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 12/1
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
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Ten Hag acknowledged the strong links to Spurs, insisting that Ajax is where his ‘head and heart are at’.
‘I don’t want to rule out that that could have happened, but I know what I have here,’ he said via Jonathan Veal. ‘I know who I am working with, I know what the ideas are, I know what goals we have. I’m happy here. That’s where my head and heart are at.’
In a thinly veiled dig at the rumours linking him with Spurs, Ajax tweeted: ‘His home? Amsterdam’ upon announcing ten Hag’s contract extension.
The club shared an image of Ten Hag alongside club chief and former Man United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar holding a glass of champagne after signing on the dotted line.
Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason has taken the reins until the end of the season as Levy conducts his search for an experienced, attack-minded manager to replace Mourinho – had been criticised for being too cautious during his tenure.
Ten Hag had been identified as a target, with the Dutchman winning plaudits after guiding Ajax to the semi finals of the Champions League in 2018-19, where they were knocked out by Spurs following an enthralling two-legged encounter.
The Dutchman is the latest manager to distance himself from the Spurs hotseat, after Foxes manager Rodgers insisted that he had no intention of leaving the east Midlands club amid reports linking him with the vacancy.
‘I’m very, very happy here. I have a huge respect here for the players, the board and I really feel that I want to continue my work here,’ Rodgers said on Wednesday.
Levy is looking for a new manager after sacking under-fire boss Jose Mourinho last week
However, ten Hag has committed to a further two years in Amsterdam (pictured with Ajax chiefs Edwin van der Sar, left, and Marc Overmaars, right)
Ajax aimed a thinly veiled dig at Spurs in announcing ten Hag’s new deal on Friday morning
‘I’ve got a set of players that give me their heart and soul every single day and also I can see a future here in terms of the development of the squad.
‘I’ve got a really strong relationship with the board. We work very closely together.
‘I always knew what the challenge was coming here, to try and improve the squad, and over the last couple of years what we’ve been able to do is build an infrastructure around behaviour and creating a mindset in order to win.
‘That’s not easy but you see now the mentality around developing that will and desire to win. Now for the next period of years let’s see if we can roll that out now, can we continually evolve.
‘Tottenham is a great club, one of the biggest clubs in Britain but for me I’m just in a really, really happy place in my life.’
Ten Hag joins Brendan Rodgers (L) and Julian Nagelsmann (R) in snubbing the north Londoners
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has reportedly been pushed Spurs’ way by Jorge Mendes
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 believed to be in contention 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 with the vacancy, with reports emerging 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 adrift of Chelsea in fourth and are staring at a second-successive season without Champions League football.
Rafa Benitez (L) and Maurizio Sarri (R) are still in contention to take the Tottenham job
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