Date:Tuesday June 5 2012
Sources in Holland are playing down Dennis Bergkamp's link with the vacant manager's job at Swansea City.
The Dutch legend and former Arsenal striker is the new bookies' favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium, overtaking the likes of Graeme Jones and Ian Holloway.
Some bookmakers are not offering any bets on the Ajax assistant joining the Swans whilst others have him at 6/4 to take the South Wales job.
Voetbal International, a popular news website in Holland, reports that people putting money on Bergkamp are wasting it as he is 'not a candidate' for the job. It appears that, like Graeme Jones, he prefers to stay as a number two to Frank De Boer at Ajax. Last year, Bergkamp says he does not see himself as a manager, because of the amount of time taken to do the job.
Blackpool's Ian Holloway is still strongly linked with the job and speculation suggest that he is on the club's shortlist.
Chairman Huw Jenkins says they are speaking to different people and they moving closer to appointing a new boss:
'What I tried to do quickly after Brendan went was to speak to a few people and get their thoughts so that we could weigh up our options,' said the Swansea chairman.
'That's my job and I tried to do that very quickly.
'The link with Graeme Jones is one of those stories that got out there, but that was just about me quickly weighing up where we were.
'The stories did not come from me or from Graeme, and I won't scratch anyone off the list.
'As always, I have got on well with people in the discussions I have had.'
'Only certain people will suit our remit,'
'There are lots and lots of people who come forward at this stage in the process telling you how they want to help you, but what's important is that we think things through and go about things quietly ourselves.
'The fact that we know exactly what we want for our football club helps a lot.
'There are probably hundreds of people out there who think they can do the job for us, but there are only a few good ones.
'We will only speak to a limited few, and we are very quickly getting to the point of seeing what's right for us.'
Date:Tuesday June 5 2012
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