Former Premier League star Carlton Palmer insists that Tottenham Hotspur will eventually reappoint Mauricio Pochettino as their manager amid Nuno Espirito Santo’s struggles.
The club enjoyed a strong start to the season, as they beat Manchester City, Wolves, and Watford in succession, all by a goal to nil.
However, Spurs have since lost 3-0 to both Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and were thumped 3-1 by Arsenal in a one-sided north London derby at the weekend.
Those performances have served to heighten the pressure on Santo, with an Independent article explaining that there are already doubts from players over his man-management style.
Spurs, of course, were heavily linked with a potential move to bring Pochettino back to the club from PSG in the summer, and reports suggested that the Argentine was open to a reunion with the club he helped to rebuild.
Indeed, Pochettino took the club to the Champions League final while he was in charge, as well as to two successive Premier League title challenges.
And Palmer thinks that Nuno may well be a dead man walking in the role, because he was so clearly not the first-choice during a chaotic managerial search, and believes that Pochettino will eventually be back in north London.
He said: “I don’t know if it’s doubts or a lack of faith from the get go, he just wasn’t their first choice of manager. Don’t get me wrong, I think he did a really good job at Wolves and he’s a good manager. Is he an elite level, top level manager to be at somewhere like Spurs?
“They identified numerous managers before him and didn’t give it to other managers or other managers turned the job down so he was way down the pecking order for that job. Do I see him in charge of Spurs long term? No, I don’t.
“I think they’ll want a high profile manager and it wouldn’t surprise me in any way, shape, or form in some time in the future if Pochettino returns to Spurs. That was a perfect fit for them.”