TOTTENHAM have turned down an approach by Swansea to speak with their senior assistant coach Chris Davies over the club’s vacant head coach role.

Sky Bet Championship outfit Swansea - who host Middlesbrough a week on Saturday - are seeking a new manager after they dismissed Michael Duff on Monday following a run of one victory in eight matches.

The Welsh club only appointed Duff in the summer after Russell Martin left to join Southampton, but are 18th and just five points above the relegation zone.


Davies, currently number two to Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou, has worked at Swansea previously as part of Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff, but will not make a return to his old club.

According to the PA news agency,  Tottenham have turned down an approach by Swansea to speak to Davies, with the 38-year-old former Leicester assistant viewed as a key part of Postecoglou’s plans at the Premier League club.

Swansea are away to Rotherham on Saturday before a trip to Stoke. Should they manage to appoint a new boss in the next week, his first home game in charge will come against Boro.

Swansea, Rotherham and, of course, Sunderland are all looking for new managers. Ex-Luton boss Nathan Jones appeared set to take the Rotherham job but had a change of heart and the Millers have since reportedly made contact with Duff after his Swansea sacking. Former Wigan boss Leam Richardson is also a candidate to take over at the New York Stadium, with Rotherham facing both Boro and Sunderland in the week after Christmas.