Mauricio Pochettino will reportedly not be the next Tottenham Hotspur manager unless anything drastically changes in the near future…
That’s according to the Telegraph’s chief football correspondent Jason Burt, who has delivered a series of updates on Twitter this week.
“Having spoken to Paris Saint-Germain, they are adamant that Mauricio Pochettino has not told them or club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to leave,” he said, before adding: “Pochettino’s contract at PSG also now has two years left to run. It all points to him staying.”
Burt then concluded: “Unless something very dramatic and unexpected happens Pochettino is staying at PSG.”
The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke first broke the news that Spurs and Pochettino had held talks over a sensational return to the club, some 18 months after he was sacked by Daniel Levy but now that does not appear to be possible.
This won’t sit well with Levy or the Spurs fanbase as it seems both were desperate to see the 49-year-old back in North London this summer.
It’s believed that the Lilywhites chairman has privately admitted to those around him that sacking the Argentine boss was the worst mistake of his career, since holding a position at the club, as per The Sun.
The fact that he’s admitting this is quite unusual, considering it took him only a few months after Champions League final heartache to pull the trigger.
It also suggests that he’s willing to show it was a massive blunder in public as he’s spoken to Pochettino and tried to lure him back.
When the news first broke that talks had happened, much of the Spurs faithful were elated, with many struggling to contain their excitement. For example, via This is Futbol, one member of the fanbase claimed he was “going to pass out” whilst another suggested it was “like Christmas Eve.”
A small sample size but not many wouldn’t want arguably their greatest modern era manager back in the dugout. After all, he led them to three successive top-three finishes and a Champions League final – since then, it’s all gone a bit downhill for Spurs.
Last season’s sixth-place earned the North Londoners a spot in the Europa League, where they were embarrassingly knocked out by Dinamo Zagreb.
Interim boss Ryan Mason then scraped seventh place, which means Spurs will be in the newly-formed Conference League, whilst teams like West Ham and Leicester City finished above them.
Burt’s latest claim only piles further misery onto Spurs and their quest to find a viable successor to Jose Mourinho and Levy won’t be happy that he is unlikely to get the chance to rectify his error.
AND in other news, Spurs can wave bye to Harry Kane if 48 y/o with 52% win rate is hired…