Tottenham deny De Boer approach

Tottenham have issued a statement denying that they have made contact with other clubs regarding the appointment of a new manager.

Spurs are set to axe current head coach Tim Sherwood at the end of the season and Ajax boss Frank de Boer has claimed that the Eredivisie champions had been contacted by Spurs over the soon-to-be-vacant post.

The 43-year-old, who has led the Amsterdammers to four successive league titles, said on Tuesday that he would “listen to [Spurs'] offer” before reiterating his desire to evaluate his options this summer.

But the White Hart Lane outfit have distanced themselves from the Dutch coach’s comments and insist that they have made no moves to find a replacement for Sherwood.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate. We have NOT contacted any club regarding coaching appointments.”

Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December and has overseen the best points-per-game ratio of any Tottenham manager in the Premier League era.

But that record will not save him from the chop, with Tottenham poised to approach Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino after missing out on Louis van Gaal to Manchester United.

De Boer, meanwhile, also appears open to joining the north Londoners, labelling the club a “sleeping giant” – though his overtures have prompted a curt statement from Tottenham.