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Well, someone’s lying: Tottenham denies claims from Ajax, de Boer

Apr 30, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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Tottenham Hotspur has issued a statement denying comments from both Ajax and its manager Frank de Boer, who alleged the London club had inquired about the availability of the coach’s services for 2014/15.

In a logical world, this would mean de Boer was out of the running for the gig should it even open up… but this is soccer.

If Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy (above) really has interest in the man who’s led Ajax to four-straight Eredivisie titles, he’ll pursue him (if he isn’t already, which seems likely).

It’s a strong statement, with all-CAPS and everything:

“Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate.

“We have NOT contacted any club regarding coaching appointments.

“We regret that a statement such as this is necessary, however we feel it is important to clarify matters.”

We read talk of successorship at big clubs enough that it isn’t wholly bizarre, but the way Spurs have handled themselves dating back to Andre Villas-Boas‘ ouster is pretty worthy of head-scratching. Sure, current manager Tim Sherwood’s tenure has been anything but ordinary (He boasts a decent win-loss record but has been smoked by big teams). But the way names like van Gaal, Pochettino and de Boer keep popping up has to be as annoying for Spurs fans as it is for the other parties involved. It’s lose-lose-lose.