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Spurs: Daniel Levy may be forced to swallow pride for Mauricio Pochettino return

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy could have to swallow some of his pride if he is to bring Mauricio Pochettino back to north London.

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Tottenham’s turbulent 2022/23 camping so far has seen major question marks raised over the future of Antonio Conte at the helm of Spurs.

The Italian now has just a matter of months remaining on his current deal with Spurs which could be extended by a further year if the club choose to do so.

However, after some of the 53-year-old’s recent comments, it does beg the question of whether the two parties are currently on the same track.

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And this has led to some suggesting a return to north London could be a possibility for Pochettino, but journalist Pete O’Rourke has told Football FanCast this would require Levy to swallow some of his pride:

You never say never in football. We’ve seen it happen before. So many managers have gone back to old clubs and they’ve had a second chance at the job as well.

“Yeah, I’m sure Daniel Levy might have to swallow a bit of his pride if he’s to have to turn to Mauricio Pochettino again, but we know Pochettino is a top manager. He’s probably been Spurs’ most successful manager in recent times.”

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It is a stark contrast to the scenes at Spurs in the latter stages of the 2021/22 campaign where Conte led this side to a spot in the Champions League.

Now, the Italian is dropping regular hints that perhaps he will not be managing Spurs next season as well as sharing his frustrations around other issues.

“This season is a difficult season for me as a personal aspect. For sure, this season is making me have an important reflection on my future,” he said earlier in the week.

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When you consider the run of results that Spurs are on, you do have to question how much longer Levy would tolerate it if they do not improve.

Pochettino is one of the candidates believed to be a possibility if Conte is to leave and it is no surprise went the Argentine was able to achieve such consistent top-four finishes in an environment others have struggled in.

However, there are some reports claiming not everyone inside Hotspur Way would necessarily be open to Pochettino making a return if Conte is to leave.

And considering the cycle of managers Spurs have been on since Pochettino was sacked, O’Rourke is probably right in Levy needing to accept he may have been in the wrong back in 2019 when he sacked the Argentine.

The likes of Jose Mourinho have failed to achieve anything like Pochettino has in terms of consistent Champions League football and it seems as if Conte may be struggling to progress the side under Levy.

So if Conte is to leave north London, it will be interesting to see who Levy turns to replace the Italian.