Spurs Knocked Back In Bid To Appoint First-Choice Managerial Target

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Highly rated Dutchman wants to remain in Amsterdam instead. 

The agent of Ajax head coach Frank de Boer has played down suggestions that his client is set to succeed the recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas as the next manager of Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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The north London club opted to part company with the young Portuguese trainer on Monday after they were surprisingly thrashed 6-0 by rivals Liverpool in the Premier League at White Hart Lane the previous afternoon.

And De Boer was immediately installed as the red-hot favourite to take over from Villas-Boas in the Tottenham dugout after the impressive work that the 43-year-old has done at the Amsterdam ArenA.

De Boer has been in charge of the Eredivisie giants since replacing previous boss Martin Jol, initially as stand-in coach in December 2010, with the former Glasgow Rangers and FC Barcelona defender having since gone on to guide Ajax to three successive league titles, in the process gaining a reputation as being one of the most impressive and sought-after young managers on the Continent.

However, the one-time Netherlands international skipper is contracted to the Eredivisie champions until June 2017 and according to De Boer’s representative, Guido Albers, his client is solely concentrating on his current role in the Dutch capital.

‘Through various channels it has become clear to me that Spurs are interested, but the club has not approached Ajax,” Albers told Voetbal International.

“So for us there is not much to say about it. Frank focuses entirely on Ajax.”