Spurs suffer fresh blow in manager search as Ten Hag signs new Ajax deal

Tottenham have suffered a further setback in their search for a manager after Ajax announced they had extended Erik ten Hag’s contract to 2023.

The Dutchman was high on Spurs’ shortlist of candidates to replace José Mourinho but has joined Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers in moving out of the club’s reach. Nagelsmann has agreed to leave RB Leipzig to take over at Bayern Munich and Rodgers is not interested in moving from Leicester to Tottenham.

Spurs planned to speak to Ten Hag next week but Ajax have moved to head that off. Ten Hag was pictured on Ajax’s website holding champagne with the key executives Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars. “The new agreement will take effect on July 1, 2021 and will run until June 30, 2023,” the club said.

Brighton’s Graham Potter and Fulham’s Scott Parker are among other managers under consideration by Tottenham.