Ajax manager Frank De Boer has opted to break his silence on rumours suggesting he has been approached for the White Hart Lane job.
Frank De Boer has moved to dismiss speculation linking him with Tim Sherwood’s job as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, despite Dutch media reports to the contrary.
The Ajax boss was rumoured to have been approached by Spurs officials keen to bring the Dutchman to the White Hart Lane club following an impressive spell in charge of the Amsterdam giants in which the former Barcelona defender has guided the team to four back-to-back Eredivisie titles.
Such a move would bring an end to Sherwood’s time at the helm of the club, with the Englishman believed to be living on borrowed time at Tottenham after failing to secure a top four finish this season.
However, in quotes from Voetbal International, published on Insidefutbol.com, De Boer moves to dismiss any link or even contact with the Premier League club.
“Spurs? I know nothing,” was the brief response offered to the Dutch news provider when quizzed on the potential for a move to White Hart Lane, something that will be seen as good news for Sherwood but potentially bad news for Southampton.
After all, with De Boer moving to distance himself from the Tottenham job, the focus could now fall on Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine has impressed over the past two seasons with the south coast club and could be tempted to move to a team pushing for Champions League football next season.
Those behind the scenes at Spurs, meanwhile, may see Pochettino as the ideal coach to get the best out of record signing Erik Lamela.
The former Roma star has endured a difficult first season in England, with injuries and a lack of form blighting his time in the Premier League so far.
But the arrival of compatriot and national team hero Pochettino could be ideal for the youngster with the Saints man backed to get the best out of Lamela.
In the meantime though, rumours of De Boer moving to Spurs look likely to stay just that: rumours.