Tottenham have received another heavy blow in their search for Jose Mourinho’s successor with the news that Erik ten Hag has signed a new contract at Ajax.
Spurs sacked Mourinho last week amid their hugely disappointing season with Ryan Mason temporarily loaded.
But their chairman Daniel Levy is said to be keen to make a new date by the end of the campaign as he looks to the future.
Julian Nagelsmann was thought to be one of his number one picks, but it was recently announced that the German will join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig at the end of the season.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was another strong contender but he would not be interested in the job as he has pledged to lead the Foxes to the Champions League next season if, as expected, they finish in the top four.
That left Ten Hag as one of the new favorites for the vacant post, but Ajax announced on Friday that the 51-year-old has put the pen to a new deal to keep him with the Amsterdam giants until 2023.
A statement on their official website read: “Ajax have reached an agreement with Erik ten Hag for the extension of his contract which previously ran until June 30, 2022. The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2021 and will run until June 30, 2021. ‘as of June 30., 2023. “
No one knows who Spurs will turn to, with ex-Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and ex-AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri among the first.
But Levy will be desperate to announce a new appointment as soon as possible, as he comes under increasing pressure from Spurs loyalists.
A protest has been staged to demand his exit following the farce from the European Super League, and another is expected next month before Spurs’ last home game of the season against Aston Villa on May 15.