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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent believes that the club would be “lucky” to have Jose Mourinho as manager, per Football Insider.
The Sun reported over the weekend that the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss is keeping tabs on the Spurs job amid their struggles throughout the campaign.
Tottenham are currently 14th, 11 points off the top four, and a separate report from The Daily Telegraph has suggested that Pochettino could be sacked if they lose to West Ham United this weekend.
The Sun claims that, were the Argentine to leave, Spurs’ options to replace him would be limited, with Mourinho amongst them given that he is currently out of work.
And Bent believes that the club would be falling on their feet if they appointed the Portuguese.
He said: “A lot of people always talk negatively about Mourinho but he’s a born winner, look at what he has won.
“I think sometimes clubs need to appreciate where they are and not get too big for their boots, cause I’ve heard a lot of clubs say we don’t want Mourinho, but hold on, he has won things.
“He has won things that club haven’t won, he has won the Champions League. Spurs got to the final last season but they haven’t won it.
“He’s won the Premier League with Chelsea, Spurs have never done that so before the fans start screaming ‘we don’t want him’, they need to look at his pedigree and what he has done.
“They’d be lucky to have him.”
If Pochettino were to leave, and that remains a big if at this point, then this is the kind of manager that Spurs should be looking for.
Football FanCast understands that RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is chairman Daniel Levy’s first-choice candidate as he does his due diligence.
But, as Bent says, Mourinho is as close to a trophy magnet as one can find.
Since his appointment at Porto in 2002, he has won a trophy with every single club he has managed: Two league titles with the Portuguese giants; two Premier League trophies and the FA Cup with Chelsea in his first stint and another league title in his second, along with the League Cup; two Serie A titles and the Champions League with Inter Milan; La Liga with Real Madrid and the Carabao Cup and the Europa League with United.
Of course, his football may well be known for being slightly dourer than Pochettino’s, but he has dragged teams over the line when he has needed to.
If the former Southampton boss were to lose his job, the appointment of Mourinho would be a message to opponents that Spurs are attempting to get back to the top table of English football, and, subsequently, a sign that they are desperate to finally end that trophy drought that runs back to 2008.
They could do a lot worse.