Tottenham Hotspur are set to turn their attentions back to Erik Ten Hag, following their failed pursuit of former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
After ending the season with academy graduate Ryan Mason in charge as interim boss, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho just days before the Carabao Cup final, Spurs are now stepping up their search for the Portuguese’s replacement.
The past week had seen Conte emerge as the club’s main managerial target, the Italian on the market after departing Serie A side Inter Milan following a dispute with the club’s owners, despite having only just guided the club to a first league title since 2010.
However, that pursuit of the 51-year-old has since come to end, Spurs owner Daniel Levy now once again focusing on previous target Erik Ten hag, as per the Mirror.
The report suggests that the Dutchman has re-entered the frame after the collpase of talks with Conte, who seemingly demanded significant investment in the playing squad to make the club competitive again, something which Levy was reluctant to agree to amid the current financial situation.
Spurs had previously seen their pursuit of Ten Hag shut down after the Ajax boss signed a new deal to remain in Holland back in April, although there is seemingly a belief that they can tempt the former Utrecht manager to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The north London club are said to have been ‘impressed’ by the Eredivisie side’s performance in their meeting in the Champions League semi-final back in 2019, in which Spurs snatched a last-gasp win courtesy of Lucas Moura.
This news of a potential focus on Ten Hag comes after weeks of speculation that Mauricio Pochettino could be in line for a return to the club, although that deal appears unlikely with the Argentine still having a year left to run on his current deal at Paris Saint-Germain.
The report also goes on to suggest that Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has also been in talks with Levy and co, although the Spaniard’s current focus is said to be on the upcoming European Championships.