Tottenham are not giving up on Dutchman Erik ten Hag as the club grasps at straws in their quest to finally end their search for a new manager.
Ten Hag, who just signed a contract extension that is meant to keep him at Ajax until 2023, was ruled out of contention for the role a few weeks ago. But the pressure on Spurs to end their now-49 day reign without a manager is mounting.
The merry-go-round of candidates is apparently doing another revolution. Just as Tottenham supporters put the thought of ten Hag joining the club out of their collective mind, rumours of his return to contention have surfaced.
However, I don’t believe these rumours will amount to anything more than internet fodder. Leaving Ajax after the ink barely dried on the contract he just signed with the Dutch champions would be tantamount to a treacherous act of betrayal.
The whole situation doesn’t really add up. Yes, Spurs are desperate to end their record-breaking run without a manager, and will do just about anything to land a high-profile gaffer, including throwing sacks of money at the problem, but ten Hag represents a dead end. Unless of course those sacks of money turn into a lorry loaded with them.
Since Antonio Conte dropped out of contention, there have been no substantial developments, so the ten Hag rumours are probably meant to divert attention from the real issue at hand. The fact that Spurs are no closer to signing a new manager seven weeks after unceremoniously kicking Jose Mourinho to the curb.