Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag has told German outlet Kicker that he does not “rule out anything” after being quizzed over his future, following reports that Everton have identified him as Marco Silva’s replacement.
Ten Hag, 49, starred as Ajax boss last season as he masterminded the Dutch side producing the double to win the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup. He also guided Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League, before being knocked out by Tottenham.
Football website 90Min claim that Ten Hag has been picked by Everton chief Marcel Brands as the number one man to replace Silva, who is under pressure as Everton gaffer. Everton sit way down in 15th, losing five of their nine league games.
Quizzed after Ajax suffered a late 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Champions League following Michy Batshuayi’s winner, Ten Hag failed to rule out leaving Ajax, claiming he knows he will not remain at Ajax for 10 years.
“I do not rule out anything,” Ten Hag said. “But I’m almost 50 and not a dreamer. If (a departure) comes – or does not come – I’m totally happy and happy with Ajax, even though I know that I will not be a coach here for 10 years.”
TBR’s view – Ten Hag would be an excellent Everton appointment
Since taking over Ajax after spells as manager of Go Ahead Eagles, Bayern Munich’s second string and FC Utrecht, Ten Hag has won a whopping 68 of his 92 league and cup matches in charge. Ajax sit top of the Eredivise after 10 games.
He would be a stunning appointment for Everton, if the Toffees opt to get rid of Silva. The Portuguese boss has saved himself some time in charge with a solid win over West Ham United last time out.