Michael Laudrup, Guus Hiddink out of the running for Tottenham job

Clive Rose

The shortlist just got a bit shorter.

You can cross two names off the extensive list of potential candidates to take over for Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur. Neither Michael Laudrup or Guus Hiddink will be making their way to White Hart Lane. The agents for both managers went out of their way to issue statements to the press on Monday indicating that their clients are not interested in the position.

ESPN had a round-up of the quotes from both managers' agents, with Hiddink's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen speaking to the Dutch press association and Laudrup's agent Bayram Tutumlu talking to the Daily Mail.

Said van Nieuwenhuizen:

"I would be surprised if [Hiddink] went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine that happening. He has just signed a contract with Holland and he has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them at the World Cup so I wouldn't take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham seriously."

And Tutumlu:

"Michael Laudrup is very happy at Swansea. It is a good club and he wants to stay at Swansea."

While this isn't an outright denial of interest from either -- no one wants to scare rich people away from offering them an insane amount of money, in case they're going to make an offer you couldn't have imagined in your wildest dreams -- it's as close as we're going to get. My agent to English translator says that these are outright denials of interest.

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