Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Guus Hiddink, after the Dutch coach's agent said rumours linking him with the managerial job "shouldn't be taken seriously".
Speaking to Voetbal Primeur, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said that he'd be very surprised to see the 67-year-old take over at White Hart Lane, because he has plans to succeed Louis van Gaal as Holland boss after the 2014 World Cup.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been credited with an interest in bringing Hiddink to north London after parting ways with Andre Villas-Boas on Monday morning, in the aftermath of Sunday's crushing 5-0 defeat against Liverpool.
The former Anzhi Makhachkala manager - who also enjoyed an interim spell in charge of Chelsea - joins Fabio Capello as one of the frontrunners for the post, but according to Van Nieuwenhuizen should not be regarded as in the running.
"I would be surprised if Hiddink goes to Tottenham," he said. "I can hardly imagine that happening.
"Guus has just signed a deal with the KNVB (Dutch FA) and he has also recently turned down other offers from other countries to be active at the World Cup in Brazil.
"So the rumours surrounding Guus and Tottenham shouldn't be taken seriously."
Tim Sherwood will take interim charge for Tottenham's Capital One Cup clash against West Ham on Wednesday, while Levy hopes to announce the appointment of a successor shortly.