The Daily Mail have claimed that Tottenham interviewed Erik Ten Hag about their managerial vacancy last summer but the Ajax boss’ lack of command over English was an issue for the North London club.

Ten Hag was one of several names linked with the Spurs hot seat last summer before the club appointed Nuno Espirito Santo (Evening Standard).

Fabrizio Romano claimed at the time that the Ajax boss had a meeting arranged with Tottenham and was open to leaving the Eredivisie giants.

Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen told Voetbal Zone that Spurs eventually decided not to appoint the 52-year-old as they were puzzled by the fact he had no plans to bring any of his current backroom staff with him to the Premier League club.

The Daily Mail have now covered Manchester United’s pursuit of Ten Hag and, in the process, confirmed that Tottenham did have a conversation with the Dutch manager last summer.

The report claims that Spurs found a language barrier to be an issue during talks and the Ajax boss is currently taking English lessons as he gears up for talks with United. 

Responding to the article, journalist Sami Mokbel took to social media to further reveal that Ten Hag did not come across as the most charismatic of characters during his interview with Spurs.

Spurs Web Opinion

There is a certain level of irony in the fact that Spurs found Ten Hag’s lack of charisma to be a problem, only to end up hiring Nuno Espirito Santo, who might be the least charismatic manager in Europe.

I also suspect that Paratici was not too keen on the Dutch boss, given the style of managers we were linked with following the Italian’s appointment as the club’s managing director of football.

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