If you ever find yourself going on a blind date with someone Dutch, you’ll probably be able to tell whether or not they are interested in you within the opening encounter. If Dutchmen Louis van Gaal and Frank de Boer have taught us anything these past few months – it’s that subtlety doesn’t exist in Holland. After van Gaal had teased us with the lines “maybe Tottenham are coming but, first, I have to go to Brazil" back in February, de Boer joined the “lets declare interest in the Spurs job” party by stating that he - “preferred the Premier League”, and that “if a club came with an interesting perspective and a good team, I would consider the proposal.” Just as one Dutchman’s (van Gaal) projected move to us was stalled by another English club (Manchester United), it seems that history does in fact repeat itself. However, this time it is none other than Arsenal who seek to scupper our pursuit for another manager from the Netherlands, or at least – one of their former players. The Evening Standard are reporting that our hopes of hiring Frank de Boer have been dented by former Gunner Marc Overmars. Overmars, who is Ajax’s Director of Football at present, made it public that he had taken a call from ourselves regarding de Boer. Although Overmars said it was an official approach, it has now understood that Tottenham were merely checking on the 43-year-old’s contractual situation. As a result of this being made public by Overmars, Spurs were forced into making a statement regarding the de Boer rumours last week. Levy & Co, known for the holding of their tongues’, broke their silence to officially announce on the club website that - “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.” Although Spurs are still monitoring De Boer’s situation; Overmars’ decision to go public, coupled with a potentially huge compensation demands from Ajax, may have killed any deal. The Evening Standard went to add, that at this stage, De Boer’s representatives have heard nothing more from Spurs, a club who like their managers to be seen and not heard. This news from the newspaper has been supplemented by journalist Paul Smith, who tweeted this morning – “Tottenham will not pursue their interest in Ajax's Frank de Boer paving the way for Mauricio Pochettino to become their new boss #THFC” @Smudge1962.