Tottenham Deny Approaching Ajax for Frank De Boer

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 05:  Ajax Coach / Manager, Frank de Boer poses with the Eredivisie Championship trophy after the match between Ajax and Willem II Tilburg at Amsterdam Arena on May 5, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Update from Wednesday, April 30

Tottenham have issued a formal statement, responding to reports that they made an approach to Ajax for the services of Frank de Boer.

Spurs' official website stated the following on Wednesday:

Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate. We have NOT contacted any club regarding coaching appointments. We regret that a statement such as this is necessary, however we feel it is important to clarify matters.

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Tottenham Hotspur have been searching for a permanent answer at manager since sacking Andre Villas-Boas in December, and it looks as though Spurs are smitten with a big-name candidate.   

According to Niiwino Geertsema of Fox Sports Netherlands (via OptaJohan's Michiel Jongsma), Tottenham have targeted current Ajax boss Frank de Boer:

De Boer has managed Ajax since 2010, and he has experienced unprecedented success. Per OptaJohan on Twitter, De Boer entered the record books by leading Ajax to their fourth straight league title this season:

Perhaps Tottenham officials are hopeful that De Boer is the missing piece necessary to push the club to the next level.

Spurs have been quite competitive within the EPL over the past couple seasons. They currently sit in sixth place, although they have an outside shot at usurping Everton for fifth, which would net them a spot in the Europa League.

That would be quite an accomplishment considering the turmoil that Spurs went through early in the season. One man who deserves a great deal of credit for holding things together is caretaker manager Tim Sherwood. Despite the fine job that Sherwood has done, he hasn't been mentioned as a strong candidate for the full-time job.

His status as a lame duck is something that has bothered Sherwood, according to Richard Gibson of The Guardian:

Every press conference I do it's 'this manager's coming in ... Van Gaal ... then (Glenn) Hoddle, this one and that one.' Some of these managers are actually touting themselves for my job. I don't think that's right. It's something that doesn't sit well with me. If anyone ever asks me about another job I just tell them that they've got another manager. Until they haven't got a manager and until I haven't got a job, say nothing.

De Boer hasn't publicly declared interest in the Tottenham job, but one can only assume that a jump to the Premier League would appeal to De Boer after all he has accomplished at Ajax.

With that said, De Boer did admit that he would consider Tottenham's potential offer, per Kristof Terreur of HLN:

He was also very optimistic about Tottenham's ability to reach the EPL's upper echelon:

Not everyone is convinced that De Boer will make the move, though. Elko Born of The Telegraph believes that De Boer is already in an ideal situation at Ajax:

At some point, De Boer has to take on a new challenge. What he has built at Ajax is hugely impressive, but he has nothing left to accomplish there. Making Tottenham an EPL title contender would truly establish him as one of the world's best managers, though.

Since top clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and others aren't an option right now, taking a team on the brink like Tottenham makes a lot of sense from De Boer's perspective. Because of that, it seems like De Boer becoming Spurs' next manager is a very real and logical possibility.

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