Alasdair Gold reveals one concern Spurs have regarding Erik ten Hag

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Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has given an update regarding Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of Erik ten Hag, Massimiliano Allegri and Ralf Rangnick during a Q & A session with Spurs fans.

With Julian Nagelsmann now on his way to Bayern Munich, some reports have suggested that Tottenham have turned their attentions to the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ten Hag, Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez.

The experienced Rangnick is also rumoured to be on the North Londoners’ radar, with the club reported to have previously tried to bring in the 62-year-old in 2012 before they appointed Andre Villas-Boas.

Ten Hag seems to be the most popular of the aforementioned names among some Spurs fans on social media.

While Gold admitted that Tottenham do like the Dutch coach, he revealed that the club are concerned over whether he would be able to able to succeed outside the Ajax structure.

He said regarding Tottenham’s pursuit of Ten Hag: “He’s another one Spurs like on their long list of potential candidates and he ticks a lot of boxes for Tottenham.

“He’s very good at developing young players and he has Ajax playing with real style and managed to get them taking on the best in Europe, particularly the year Spurs dramatically ended their run in the Champions League semi-finals.

“The only concern would be whether he is so engrained in the Ajax culture that it’s too difficult to translate that elsewhere out of the structure.”

Massimiliano Allegri has also been linked with the Tottenham hot seat but Gold admitted that the former Juventus boss is not a perfect fit to the profile of coach that Spurs are looking for.

Gold said: “He’s (Allegri) one that Spurs like and of course he’s free and has trophies aplenty to his name.

“There are questions though over whether he fits the profile of manager the club are looking for exactly and also doubts over the level of his English speaking ability.”

The journalist also refused to rule out the possibility of Spurs moving for Rangnick but insisted that the German is unlikely to be at the top of the club’s wishlist.

Gold said regarding the former RB Leipzig boss: “Like Allegri, he’s another who falls into the cheaper category as he’s out of work and the 62-year-old experienced former RB Leipzig and Schalke boss plays the brand of football that would suit Tottenham.

“I get the impression that he’s down the list of potential candidates, but you can’t rule him entirely because of the lack of compensation and his brand of football.”

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There seems to be a clamouring from some Spurs fans on social media to appoint Ten Hag. While the Dutchman does seem like the most promising option out of the ones available, he would still be a risky appointment. We have seen promising young Dutch managers like Frank De Boer, Peter Bosz and Phillip Cocu, who have done well in the Eredivisie, fail to replicate the same success in other leagues.

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