Tottenham Dismisses De Boer’s Link

Tottenham Hotspur denies reports they contacted Ajax over the availability of coach Franck de Boer, saying it is “wholly inaccurate”.

A spokesman for the Dutch champions stated that Spurs have made enquiry.

“We regret that a statement such as this is necessary; however we feel it is important to clarify matters,” reads a statement on Tottenham’s website.

“Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate. We have NOT contacted any club regarding coaching appointments.”

Tottenham Says They Have Not Contacted Ajax Boss Franck de Boer.
Tottenham Says They Have Not Contacted Ajax Boss Franck de Boer.

Current manager Tim Sherwood, who succeeded Andre Villas-Boas in December, is under contract at White Hart Lane until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. The club is expected to review his progress at the end of the season.

On Sunday, De Boer led Ajax to a fourth consecutive Dutch title since he took over in 2010 and a 33rd in their history.

The former Ajax and Netherlands defender is the first manager in the Eredivisie to win four straight championships.

He signed a new deal last May to remain in charge of Ajax until 2017.

In an interview with national broadcaster NOS on Tuesday, De Boer confirmed the approach, adding: “I’m going to listen and talk. Then I’ll make my feelings known.”

In February, he told the BBC he had turned down the chance to speak to Tottenham after Villas-Boas was sacked.

De Boer said he had also declined talks with Liverpool in the past but would be interested in managing either club in the future.

(Culled from the BBC Sport)