Tottenham expert Alasdair Gold has suggested that Tottenham’s failed approach for Feyenoord general manager Dennis Te Kloese could have played a role in their deal with Slot falling apart.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Spurs had approached Te Kloese for the sporting director role while simultaneously working on appointing Slot as their manager.
Te Kloese and Slot had enjoyed a highly successful season at Feyenoord, which led to the club’s first league title since 2017.
The notion of acquiring both of them as a package may have appealed to Spurs, considering their successful track record working together.
However, Te Kloese publicly rejected Spurs, stating his lack of interest in the role at the North London club and commitment himself to Feyenoord’s progress.
“I said ‘no’ and I also don’t have any interest.”
“We have made really good steps and then to say: ‘Let’s hear what I can do for other clubs’ is not an option for me.”
Slot was very close to being appointed the next Spurs manager. It was even reported that his first interview with the club went great and he left Spurs’ officials impressed.
Despite a promising initial interview with the club, Slot shocked Spurs fans by reaffirming his dedication to Feyenoord the following morning.
And Gold believes
In his Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham Podcast, he discussed the impact of Te Kloese’s rejection, suggesting it might have had an affect on the confidence and pairing options for Slot.
“It is quite interesting, the other forgotten part of this is that Te Kloese, the General Manager at Feyenoord claims he rejected Spurs. I wonder if that played a part. As a double act would Slot have come in with more confidence? Maybe when that fell apart it was like ‘who am I going to get paired up with?’ There are a lot of aspects.”
As Spurs prepare to conclude their season without a permanent manager or sporting director, uncertainty looms over the club’s future.
With the summer approaching, fans rightfully express concerns about the ongoing instability and its implications for the team moving forward.
The search for a new manager and sporting director remains a top priority for Tottenham, as they navigate through a pivotal period that will shape the direction of the club in the upcoming seasons.