Guus Hiddink's Agent Responds to Tottenham Speculation Following Villas-Boas Departure

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By Tony Mogan | December 17, 2013 12:49 AM EST

Guus Hiddink is the first high profile coach to distance himself from the now vacant Tottenham Hotspur role following Andre Villas-Boas' departure.

The Portuguese coach left the north London club via mutual consent on Monday morning in the wake of the club's 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

A number of names have been immediately linked with the role including Russia national team coach Fabio Capello, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Hiddink found himself swiftly linked with the job with reports suggesting a role akin to his successful six month caretaker spell at Chelsea four years ago could be on the cards, but the Dutchman's agent has quickly played down a possible move to Tottenham.

"I would be surprised if Hiddink went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine that happening," Hiddink's agent  Cees van Nieuwenhuizen is quoted as saying by the Press Association, via the Independent.  

"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 Totttenham too seriously."

Just days ago Hiddink, whose most recent role in a managerial role was at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, signed a contract that will see him take over the Dutch national side for the second time in his career following the 2014 World Cup. The 67-year-old will take over from Louis van Gaal and will return to the Holland set up for the first time since his last reign that ended in 1998.  

The decorated coach enjoyed a successful spell as caretaker manager of Chelsea following the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari, a role he took on while still seeing to his duties as national team coach of Russia. The Dutchman guided the Blues to the semi-finals of the Champions League and to an FA Cup triumph during his sixth month stay at Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas parted ways with Spurs following Sunday's disastrous 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, less than a month after the club were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.  The Portuguese coach has come under severe scrutiny after the club spent in the excess of £100m to strengthen the side in the summer with little progress having been made. 

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