It looks like Tottenham Hotspur might’ve just missed out on yet another manager.
Erik Ten Hag has signed a new deal with Ajax following heavy speculation about him replacing Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.
With Brendan Rodgers publicly stating he has ‘no interest’ in the Spurs job, Maurizio Sarri reportedly being on the verge of joining Roma, Julian Nagelsmann being announced as Bayern Munich’s new boss and Jesse Marsch replacing the latter at Red Bull Leipzig, it seems like nobody wants the role.
And it’s probably because their first job might be to replace the one and only Harry Kane in North London.
Kane turns 28 in June and with nothing to show for his career just yet by way of silverware, the red-hot Lilywhites marksman may well finally call time on his goal-laden spell at the club.
And let’s be honest, this Tottenham side, who are seventh in the Premier League table and were knocked out of Europe by Dinamo Zagreb, are nowhere near good enough to compete even with Kane, who has 31 goals and 16 assists in 44 games this season.
Without him, Spurs could struggle in such a massive way next season if he isn’t there, regardless of how much they get for him.
There’s no denying that this is a big club and one who will survive without Kane.
But this is also one of the Premier League’s most clinical goalscorers in history and although they will survive, they might not thrive and the uncertainty regarding his future could be a prime reason as to why big-name coaches want nothing to do with Daniel Levy.
Even Gareth Southgate would only take the job if England sack him, The Evening Standard reported on Friday.
Once upon a time, having a goalscorer like Kane at the club made it much easier to attract star names – does Mourinho even agree to manage Tottenham if he isn’t there, for instance?
But when there’s a big question mark over his future, the job is nowhere near as attractive.