Tottenham Hotspur could be about to sack Mauricio Pochettino.
Numerous reports over the last week have suggested that the Argentine is running out of time in north London, with The Daily Mail claiming it is a matter of when, rather than if, he leaves.
The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, have claimed it would cost chairman Daniel Levy £12.5m to sack Pochettino.
Spurs are currently 14th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four, ahead of this weekend’s derby against West Ham United.
Football FanCast sources understand that he has told Levy that he does not intend to resign and has essentially intimated that he will have to be sacked if he is to be removed from his post.
FFC has previously reported that the groundwork and due diligence is already being done ahead of his potential departure and that Julian Nagelsmann, the RB Leipzig manager, is the club’s top choice to step in and take the reins.
Contact has also been initiated with Jose Mourinho’s camp, given that the former Manchester United manager is currently out of work.
However, one has to ask whether axing Pochettino would be the right thing to do.
Football FanCast journalists answered that very question and you can see their answers below…
“I think it’s probably about time for Tottenham to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino.
“They can’t even put this poor run down to being unlucky, they’ve simply not been good enough and the blame has to fall on the manager.
“This is a very talented group of players, and Pochettino simply isn’t getting the best out of them anymore. £12.5m is a lot of money, but a season without European football could be even more costly for Spurs at this point.
“Tottenham have a lot to be grateful towards the Argentine for, but I think his race is run at the London club – Levy should call time on the former Southampton man’s Spurs career.”
“After the 7-2 hammering against Bayern and a defeat to Brighton, I thought a change of manager could be exactly what Spurs needed to revitalise and freshen the direction the club was heading in. However, at a fee of £12.5m, it would be a costly decision to make and I’m not so sure whether they’d be able to find a better manager out there.
“Levy has his eyes on Nagelsmann but there are bigger issues at Spurs than the manager. This squad is in dire need of a fresh lick of paint with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweirald and Jan Vertonghen out of contract next summer.
“Pochettino has guided his team to just three wins in the league this and that isn’t good enough but if Spurs got rid of the Argentine at the first sight of trouble, it would be a mistake. He took them to a Champions League final not too long ago and I’m fairly certain that this is only a blip. Results do need to pick up but sacking him now would be pointless.
“Spurs are better off sticking than twisting on this occasion.”
“This would be the worst £12.5m that Tottenham have ever spent – an even poorer use of their finances than signing Vincent Janssen.
“Pochettino is by no means the problem at Spurs. While Tanguy Ndombele was a real statement of intent by Daniel Levy, the former Southampton boss simply hasn’t been backed by his chairman in the areas that need bolstering most, such as at full-back, particularly after Kieran Trippier’s sale to Atletico Madrid.
“Despite reaching the Champions League final last season, this Spurs team is very much going through a transitional period, and when the north Londoners come out the other side of this, they will be kicking themselves if they’ve parted ways with Pochettino because of it – they would find it hard to appoint a boss of similar pedigree.”