Tim Sherwood was left disappointed with Frank de Boer after the Ajax boss revealed his interest in taking the Tottenham Hotspur job.
The former Holland international turned down the role following Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal last December but recently admitted he could envisage himself taking reins at the north London club or possibly Liverpool in the future.
But former Tottenham midfielder Sherwood has hit back against the Ajax boss, insisting he would never be drawn into such tactics to land a job.
"It's natural I suppose, it's a big job, but I don't think I would ever tout myself about for a job when someone was already in the hot seat," Sherwood was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"But if they want to do that, that's up to them. I don't know Frank. I'm not sure. I'm relaxed about it. But it wouldn't be something I would be doing.
"They just want to put themselves in the frame. Obviously they are not happy with the jobs they are doing if they are touting themselves for the Tottenham job."
De Boer was just one name on a shortlist also featuring the likes of Fabio Capello, Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino for the then-vacant Spurs job.
The Ajax boss, who signed a new four year contract with the Eredivisie champions in May 2013, recently told BBC's World Football that he had little desire to leave his post in Amsterdam when Tottenham came calling last year, but could see himself managing in the Premier League in the future.
"Those two clubs (Liverpool or Tottenham) are clubs that I think in the future I could be manager of," De Boer said.
"I think the history of the clubs and what you can do with the team is my cup of tea. (But now) I'm not really thinking about it because I'm very happy here at Ajax. I'm not in a hurry to leave because everybody is still happy with me.
"I step in my car with a big smile to go to the club. I don't think I'm finished here but there will come a time when I don't like it anymore or the club doesn't like me anymore. Then we have to go both ways."