This article is part of Football FanCast’s Opinion series, which provides analysis, insight and opinion on any issue within the beautiful game, from Paul Pogba’s haircuts to League Two relegation battles…
Bayern Munich have sacked Niko Kovac after a poor start to the Bundesliga season.
Hasan Salihamidicz, the club’s sporting director, is said to be an advocate of appointing the Argentine, whose phone number he owns.
And one has to believe that the Spurs boss should seriously consider the possibility of such a move, especially amid reports claiming he could be axed should Spurs lose to West Ham next time out.
As it is, he has managed the club since 2014 but he has next to nothing to show for it.
He has not won a single trophy despite the club’s progress to last season’s Champions League final, and it appears that the cycle he began at the club is coming to an end.
Spurs sit 14th in the Premier League table and have won just three games in the top-flight. In the Champions League, it has been even worse; while they have now won two of their four games, they were actually beaten 7-2 by Bayern in north London.
That result was illustrative of the difference between the two sides.
Bayern are an irrepressible winning machine and have won the last seven Bundesliga titles.
How often does such an opportunity make itself available, especially to a manager who is yet to claim any silverware of his own?
The only other clubs that have the same sort of pedigree are PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
And the fact of the matter is this: Pochettino should be hoping he receives that phone call.
This would be a step up. Bayern have some ageing players, too, with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller all either 30 or older, and Pochettino could instil a sense of rebuilding and growth, utilising the club’s youth players as he has done in north London.
After all, what is the end game at Spurs?
Yes, they have the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris but is this squad capable of winning either the Premier League or the Champions League?
They defied the odds to reach the final of the latter last season but, when it counted, they came up short, as they have done in title races previously.
There is the prospect of winning either the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup but is that going to sate Pochettino’s hunger for long, particularly when Bayern are offering a veritable trophy feast in Bavaria?
It feels like Pochettino has taken Spurs as far as they can – let’s not forget Champions League qualification was the club’s ultimate ambition before he arrived – so if Bayern’s interest is legitimate, the Argentine should absolutely pursue it.