Why Erik ten Hag represents an alluring option for Tottenham

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 April 2021, 13:57

When the camera honed in on Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager was a cocktail of emotion, jubilation, and fatigue.

In stark contrast, Pochettino’s opposite managerial number that night, Erik ten Hag, was completely crushed.

This moment came almost exactly two years ago when Tottenham conjured up one of the great Champions League comebacks against Ajax to secure a place in the 2018/19 Final.

Pochettino, who lost out to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool a few weeks later, has since gone on to take charge of PSG who themselves are two legs away from Europe’s showpiece spectacular.

Meanwhile, ten Hag remains at the helm of Ajax, but for how much longer?

The Dutchman, who was reportedly in contention for the Chelsea job in January, has burst into the mix for the Tottenham vacancy after bookmakers slashed his odds from 33/1 to just 6/1 in the betting to replace Jose Mourinho

The 51-year-old can still be backed at a best-priced 10/1 with Bet Victor, while he’s a 16/1 shot for the Bayern Munich job, and has also been linked with a move to Frankfurt should Adi Hutter leave for Borussia Monchengladbach.

There’s not yet been any official concrete interest from the trio of clubs, yet the attraction of ten Hag is obvious. You could even throw Juventus into the mix too if Andrea Pirlo leaves.

Ten Hag has stayed true to Ajax’s trademark philosophy of free-flowing, technical, intelligent and winning football with a primary focus on developing homegrown talent. 

The club’s incredible 2018/19 side featured an exciting crop of players, including Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech, and Donny van de Beek who have all since been gobbled up by Europe’s elite for a combined £225m.

Ajax may have missed out on the Champions League trophy that year, but ten Hag did lead his side to their first domestic league and cup double since 2002. Ajax were then joint leaders last season only for the league to be cancelled because of coronavirus, however another double is on the cards this campaign with the KNVB Cup lifted last week while they are 11 points clear at the summit of the Eredivisie with a game in hand.

Ten Hag’s done a fantastic job in Amsterdam where he has accrued a 73.29% win rate from 161 games, with an eye-popping 432 goals scored. But, this summer could be the right time to take on an exciting new challenge.

He previously managed Bayern Munich’s second team and should the Bavarian outfit come calling for his services for the top job he’d surely jump at the chance to return. 

Meanwhile, the Premier League is a hotbed of elite managers and exciting talents, with the new Tottenham vacancy catching the attention of both out-of-work and in-work managers across the continent.

One of the significant reasons behind Mourinho’s exit was his style of football. Tottenham knew what they were getting when they appointed the Portuguese coach, yet while they impressed at times during his spell, they became increasingly reactive, defensive and uninspired, much to the frustration of fans who craved the brave, high-intensity and fast-paced football on display during the Pochettino era.

32685df6d78d73fd68cb450f770b5e45

Erik ten Hag could be just what Tottenham are after

At Ajax, ten Hag adopts an attractive, possession and attack-minded approach, which has drawn comparisons to Pep Guardiola, this isn’t a huge surprise given that the duo worked together at Bayern Munich. 

This season, ten Hag’s side have thundered in a whopping 86 goals in just 28 league games - they even won 13-0 in October - and conceded just 20 so far. Unbeaten since December, they’ve been a joy to watch through their fluid play, mobility, circulation of the ball, and intricate passing combinations. 

The manager gets his players to express themselves on the pitch, to showcase flair and to be fearless.

An appointment at Tottenham could also open up a pathway to sign Ajax’s current crop of stars, including Ryan Gravenberch, Perr Schuurs and Devyne Rensch plus the Brazilian duo of Antony and David Neres. Meanwhile, ten Hag’s track-record of developing young stars could see him utilise Spurs’ academy prospects.

Julian Nagelsmann is believed to be Tottenham’s number one target, however ten Hag should definitely be on the club’s radar.

Scroll down for the full list of odds in the next Tottenham manager market...

Next Tottenham Hotspur Manager Odds

Simone Inzaghi

Current Team: Lazio


Scott Parker

Current Team: Fulham


Graham Potter

Current Team: Brighton & Hove Albion


Brendan Rodgers

Current Team: Leicester City


Nuno Santo

Current Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers


Antonio Conte

Current Team: Internazionale


Rafael Benitez

Previous Team: Dalian Yifang


Roberto Martinez

Current Team: Belgium


Maurizio Sarri

Previous Team: Juventus


Julen Lopetegui

Current Team: Sevilla


Sergei Rebrov

Current Team: Ferencvaros


Jurgen Klinsmann

Previous Team: Hertha Berlin


Mauricio Pochettino

Current Team: Paris St Germain


Massimiliano Allegri

Previous Team: Juventus


Eddie Howe

Previous Team: Bournemouth


Ryan Mason

Current Team: Tottenham Hotspur


Ralf Rangnick

Previous Team: Leipzig


Carlo Ancelotti

Current Team: Everton


Oliver Glasner

Current Team: Wolfsburg


Marcelino

Current Team: Athletic Club


Erik Ten Hag

Current Team: Ajax


Hansi Flick

Current Team: Bayern Munich


Steven Gerrard

Current Team: Rangers


Marcelo Bielsa

Current Team: Leeds United


Ralph Hasenhuttl

Current Team: Southampton


Frank Lampard

Previous Team: Chelsea


Laurent Blanc

Current Team: Al Rayyan


Didier Deschamps

Current Team: France


Gian Piero Gasperini

Current Team: Atalanta


Adi Hutter

Current Team: Eintracht Frankfurt


Niko Kovac

Current Team: Monaco


Julian Nagelsmann

Current Team: Leipzig


Sean Dyche

Current Team: Burnley


Diego Simeone

Current Team: Atletico Madrid


Gareth Southgate

Current Team: England


Joachim Low

Current Team: Germany


Paulo Fonseca

Current Team: Roma


Ledley King

Previous Team: None


Slaven Bilic

Current Team: Beijing Guoan


Zinedine Zidane

Current Team: Real Madrid


Michael Carrick

Previous Team: None


Christophe Galtier

Current Team: Lille


Chris Wilder

Previous Team: Sheffield United


Dean Smith

Current Team: Aston Villa


David Moyes

Current Team: West Ham United


Luis Enrique

Current Team: Spain


Daniel Farke

Current Team: Norwich City


Ryan Giggs

Current Team: Wales


Filippo Inzaghi

Current Team: Benevento


Roy Keane

Previous Team: Ipswich Town


Chris Powell

Previous Team: Southend United


Sol Campbell

Previous Team: Southend United


Emma Hayes

Current Team: Chelsea (Women)


Robbie Keane

Previous Team: None


Harry Redknapp

Previous Team: Birmingham City


Wayne Rooney

Current Team: Derby County


Alan Pardew

Previous Team: ADO Den Haag


Tim Sherwood

Previous Team: Aston Villa


Sam Allardyce

Current Team: West Bromwich Albion


Mark Hughes

Previous Team: Southampton


Neil Lennon

Previous Team: Celtic


Chris Hughton

Current Team: Nottingham Forest


Jesse Marsch

Current Team: Red Bull Salzburg


Thomas Tuchel

Current Team: Chelsea


Scott Brown

Previous Team: None


Neil Warnock

Current Team: Middlesbrough


Odds Correct as of 2021-05-12 19:50:14
Betting Odds Tips

Managers Departed

Last man down

Keith Hill
Keith Hill
(Tranmere Rovers)
11th May
VIEW ALL CASUALTIES
x
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
Exclusive Promo Code
M40
JOIN NOW
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using promo code M40 only. 1x per customer. Min £/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets of 2 x £/€15 issued after first qualifying bet settles. Max £/€10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable bonus: £25. Casino bonus expires after 72 hours. UK & Eire only. Additional T&Cs, including free-bet, game, location, payment method and stake contributions apply. begambleaware.org.
x
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
100BET365
JOIN NOW
#AD Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code ‘100BET365’ can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. 18+ begambleaware.org.
Advert Disclaimer
Thesackrace.com is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Thesackrace.com accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.
Next in firing line Hottest Manager Markets

Premier League

Next Manager to Leave

Arsenal

Next Manager

Atletico Madrid

Next Manager

Barcelona

Next Manager

Crystal Palace

Next Manager

England

Next Manager

England U21

Next Manager

Leyton Orient

Next Manager

Liverpool

Next Manager

Manchester United

Next Manager

Newcastle United

Next Manager

Paris St Germain

Next Manager

Republic of Ireland

Next Manager

Southampton

Next Manager

Tottenham Hotspur

Next Manager

Tranmere Rovers

Next Manager

Valencia

Next Manager

Walsall

Next Manager
x
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
£30 in free sports bets + £10 Casino Bonus #AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using promo code M40 only. 1x per customer. Min £/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets of 2 x £/€15 issued after first qualifying bet settles. Max £/€10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable bonus: £25. Casino bonus expires after 72 hours. UK & Eire only. Additional T&Cs, including free-bet, game, location, payment method and stake contributions apply. begambleaware.org.
BET HERE
We use cookies to provide statistics that help give you the best experience of our site. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more
Got It