Mercato: after Conte’s refusal, Tottenham attacks Ten Hag

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag could well become Tottenham’s next manager after negotiations with Antonio Conte failed, according to English media.

After Pochettino and Conte, it’s time for ten Hag. The Dutch coach is quoted this Saturday by the English press to succeed José Mourinho on the Tottenham bench. A few weeks after having extended his contract until 2023 with Ajax, the name of ten Hag returns to the side of London, as it had been the case at the end of April.

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A plan B

As reported by the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express, the 51-year-old coach was initially in management’s plans to take over from José Mourinho, fired at the end of April and temporarily replaced by Ryan Mason. The Spurs would therefore have returned to the charge for ten Hag after the failure Conte, the track leading to the Italian having been abandoned due to differences on the ambitions of the club and the situation of Harry Kane.

The English media indicate that the former Utrecht coach caught the eye of Tottenham management in 2019 during a Champions League semi-final against Ajax. The Spurs had qualified after an incredible double confrontation and an incredible hat-trick from Lucas Moura.

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A double this season in the Netherlands

This season, the Ajacides have achieved the double cup-championship in the Netherlands. On the European level, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, after having notably taken out the LOSC and finished in third place in their group in the Champions League. Ten Hag could have to play a new European competition next season, the Conference League, if he were to sign at Tottenham.

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