Mauricio Pochettino missed out on the Manchester United job.
The former PSG and Spurs manager was one of the candidates to take the managerial role at Old Trafford earlier this year.
He was sacked at the end of last season after failing to win the Champions League with PSG.
Ten Hag was leading the race in the managerial role when United made the decision to go for the Dutchman.
“Soccer is timing,” Pochettino told Radio Marca, per TEAMtalk. “These are the moments for it to coincide and for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of time.
“I don’t believe in trains passing only once. I think that sometimes you have to have the necessary patience and you have to know how to wait. The ‘timing’ is handled by football, it is true that my name has always been associated with big clubs.
“I have a lot of respect for professionals and it’s hard for me to sell myself, that’s work for you. That routine that is generated when you are at work is created as a result of the adrenaline of day to day.
“Now what we do is get together, zoom, eat with the family and talk about the great debates that we generate. That is missed. But at the same time we do things that when you are immersed in the battle of work we cannot do.”