Erik Ten Hag would bring “beautiful football” to Tottenham and should be considered for the vacant managerial position.
That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that Spurs have scheduled a “direct meeting” with the Ajax boss.
The 51-year-old has won four major honours with Ajax and was in the dugout for one of Spurs’ most famous nights, the Champions League semi-final second-leg victory in May 2019.
Tottenham have scheduled a ‘direct meeting’ with Erik ten Hag. He’s among the candidates to become the new Spurs manager – ten Hag is open to leave Ajax in the summer. Nothing decided yet. ⚪️ #THFC #Spurs
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 28, 2021
Spurs have been without a permanent boss since Jose Mourinho was dismissed on 19 April.
Ryan Mason, 29, took charge of Spurs’ last two matches as interim manager, including Sunday’s League Cup final defeat to Man City.
Whelan talked up the possibility of Ten Hag taking over, though he did admit he might not be the club’s first choice.
“He’s up there as an option, definitely,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“You’re going to have your favourites and then you’re going to have other managers if you can’t get that number one or number two.
“I don’t think there’s any harm in going for a younger manager. I don’t think there’s a risk.
“What’s riskier, getting a manager that’s been sacked 10 times or a manager that’s not been sacked at all?
“There is an element of risk in whatever manager you opt for. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
“But if you come from Ajax, you play the game the right way. They play beautiful football and produce some brilliant players.”
Ten Hag, a centre-half in his playing days, cut his teeth in the managerial game with Go Ahead Eagles.
He later had spells with Bayern Munich’s reserve side and Utrecht before joining Ajax in 2017.
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