AJAX MANAGER ON FIVE-MAN SPURS SHORTLIST
Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik Ten Hag is one of the five managerial options drawn up by Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy as he waits diligently before appointing a new manager to replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho.
Spurs sacked Mourinho on Monday after a disappointing season in charge of the North London club and former midfielder Ryan Mason was named the interim manager until the end of the season.
Mason has already talked about the possibility of taking the job full-time. According to him, his focus right now is to help the club finish the season as high as possible.
Tottenham Hotspur are still in the race to qualify for the Champions League especially after the late win at home to Southampton on Wednesday evening in what was the first game for new interim manager Mason.
The Ex-Spurs player was able to lead his boyhood club to a 2-1 win over the Saints courtesy the late penalty from South Korean international skipper Son Heung-Min after Saints substitute Moussa Djenepo was adjudged to have fouled Spurs left-back Sergio Reguilon in the box.
Southampton had earlier taken a first half lead through Danny Ingsbefore Spurs came back to win the game with two second half goals including the penalty from Son.
Welshman Gareth Bale scored the equaliser for the hosts and Son had scored what he thought was the second goal for Spurs before it was ruled out because fellow attacker Lucas Moura was blocking Saints goal minder Alex McCarthy whie in an offside position. Son was not to be denied with the late penalty.
While Mason has not put himself in the race for the permanent managerial position, club president Levy already has five options including the abovementioned Erik Ten Hag of Ajax Amsterdam. The others are Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter, ex-Juventus boss Maximiliano Allegri and highly rated RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann.