Following the sacking of manager Andre Villas Boas earlier this week Tottenham Hotspur have been on the hunt for their next permanent manager as they look to reaffirm themselves as a top four Premier League club but their search seems like it will continue following a double snub from their two primary targets.
According to reports, Tottenham were keen for either former Chelsea caretaker boss Gus Hiddink or Ajax manager Frank De Boer to take the reins at the club but the prospect of a Dutch appointment seems to be slipping away after both managers turned the London side down.
Hiddink simply told the club that he was not interested in the position while Tottenham director of Football, Franco Baldini’s choice Frank De Boer is thought to have told the club that he is not interested in leaving Ajax mid-season, pushing the search for a new permanent manager at the club into turmoil.
Although stories are circulating that De Boer has moved to rule himself out of the running for the position, his agent Guido Albers told the press that there had been no communication between the two clubs, however he pointed out that he knew that Spurs were interested after hearing about it through “a number of sources”.
With Spurs chairman Daniel Levy keen to ensure that the next permanent appointment to the managerial role is the best suited to the club, current caretaker boss Tim Sherwood could be offered an extended term while the search continues for someone to succeed him in the role.
Various sources have revealed that Levy is more than willing to offer Tim Sherwood the managerial role as he is thought to think highly of the former Spurs player and would like to see him show the board what he can do with a term at the helm however it appears that Franco Baldini is keen for the club to appoint a more experienced manager to move the club forward.
Although Hiddink and De Boer are thought to be the main targets for the club that are looking to find their feet again following a lavish spending spree during the summer that amounted to more than £100m.
We believed that Sherwood would be offered the chance to take control of the club until the end of the current season, giving him the chance to be able to showcase his ability on the larger stage, something that they thought “could produce another Roberto Di Matteo situation that was seen at Chelsea”.
Fans are thought to be hoping that there will be a return of another former manager at the club, with many voicing their support for a return for Harry Redknapp who is currently in charge of Queens Park Rangers but with Redknapp priced at 50/1 he seems to be an unlikely appointment if the odds are anything to go by.