Tottenham have concerns over appointing Erik ten Hag as the new manager, claims Alasdair Gold
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Football.london’s Tottenham Hotspur correspondent, Alasdair Gold, has claimed that some within the club’s hierarchy have concerns over making Erik ten Hag the new manager.
Tottenham are on the hunt for a new first-team manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week. The Portuguese lasted seventeen months at the club and while he did help get the best out of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, the decline in results in the second half of the season meant, the axe was always going to fall.
Having gotten rid of Mourinho, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy appointed ex-midfielder Ryan Mason as manager on an interim basis till the end of the season while the hunt for a new manager goes on. A lot of names have been thrown around as the candidate to replace Mourinho at Tottenham, with AFC Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag, among the contenders.
Indeed, the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano revealed that Tottenham have already arranged for a meeting with the 51-year-old Dutchman, who would be open to leaving his current employers at the end of the season.
However, Alasdair Gold has now claimed that while ten Hag is a name being considered, some within Tottenham are concerned whether he could be able to make a successful transition from Eredivisie to the Premier League, while there are also worries over how he could operate outside the well-structured setup of Ajax.
“The drawback with him, and I’ve been told this, is that there is a fear that he is ingrained in the Ajax culture. How do you translate that when you’re out of that strict structure that you have at Ajax, that can negate how important the manager is. Sometimes it’s a machine where you just step inside it.”
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It is a well-known fact that Ajax like to play in a certain way that is followed throughout their academy to the first-team and every level in between. Frank de Boer sticks out as an example, given his struggles at Crystal Palace. At the same time, though, Peter Bosz has done well at Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
And considering the squad that ten Hag will have at his disposal if he takes over at Tottenham, with his attacking principles, the club should prosper on the field.