Phillips claims Tottenham on verge of 'brilliant' appointment as Ten Haag named first choice by Athletic

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag would be a “brilliant” choice to succeed Jose Mourinho at Tottenham, according to Kevin Phillips.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 51-year-old would bring the “free-flowing, silky football” Spurs fans “have been starved of” over the past couple of seasons.

The Athletic‘s Jack Pitt-Brooke claims Ten Hag, who won the Eredivisie title with Ajax by 16 points this season, is the most likely candidate to become the new Tottenham.

Football Insider understands the club have whittled their search down to three candidates following interviews with a wide range of managers from the Premier League and overseas.

The Londoners are expected to announce their new manager soon after Sunday’s Premier League finale.

When asked by Football Insider if Ten Hag would be a smart appointment by Tottenham’s board, Phillips said:

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“Whenever you think of Ten Hag’s Ajax side you think of free-flowing, silky football that is great on the eye.

“Let’s be honest, Tottenham have been starved of that for a good while now. They had it for the majority of Mauricio Pochettino’s time there but when Mourinho came in the approach changed, as expected.

“It is of no surprise to hear that someone of Ten Hag’s calibre is being considered for the job.

“I think he would be a brilliant appointment because he fits the mould of what they want.” 

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