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Ajax boss De Boer lifts the lid on Tottenham job speculation

Frank de Boer was linked with Tottenham Hotspur before Mauricio Pochettino and admitted, this week in an interview, he would have jumped at the chance.

If Tottenham Hotspur had made a concrete offer for Frank de Boer then the Ajax manager would have now been sitting in the White Hart Lane hot seat.

That is according to the man himself, who used an interview with Dutch news provider AT5 to lift the lid on the gossip that saw the 44-year-old linked with the Lilywhites job before then-Spurs boss Tim Sherwood had even been dismissed.

At the time the speculation was the source of much frustration for Sherwood, who believed he had done enough to stay in the role next season.

But while speculation continued to dog de Boer at Ajax, a surprise turn of events saw Mauricio Pochettino emerge as the front-runner for the role, following the eventual dismissal of Sherwood.

Prior to Tottenham’s move for the Southampton manager, many had seen the Dutchman’s arrival at White Hart Lane as inevitable, however brief quotes attributed to the former Barcelona defender paint an entirely different story.

According to de Boer, the Oranje legend never turned down Tottenham because there never was a concrete offer of a job from Spurs at any stage during the saga.

And if there had been, it would have been an altogether different story.

“If they had wanted me, then I think I would have said yes,” de Boer revealed in his recent interview.

The reality of the situation remains unclear, but one reason the club may have opted for a Pochettino approach over any De Boer move may have been the Argentine’s Premier League experience.

To date the Ajax manager has only operated as a manager in Holland and, with Spurs keen to get their next appointment right following a series of false starts under Andre Villas-Boas and Sherwood, Pochettino may have been viewed as the more reliable option.

One to file under the category of ‘what if’ perhaps.

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