Mauricio Pochettino could sensationally return to Tottenham Hotspur in what could be a major boost to their chances of keeping Harry Kane…
According to football.london, Spurs have held talks with their former manager over a potential return to the club who sacked him nearly 18 months ago.
It’s thought that the 49-year-old would be interested in coming back to north London despite signing a one-and-a-half-year contract at Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, who have relinquished the league title to Lille and also fell short in the Champions League this season.
Pochettino has made no secret of his intentions to one day return to the Lilywhites to complete his ‘unfinished business’, but this would certainly seem earlier than expected.
There have been reports suggesting that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is targeting an attack-minded coach, with an appetite to develop the club’s young stars – pretty much Pochettino 2.0, so there isn’t a better candidate out there than the man himself.
But what does his potential appointment mean for wantaway striker Harry Kane?
Sky Sports claimed earlier this month that the 27-year-old wanted to leave the North London strugglers in a bid to add trophies to his goal-laden career, something which does not seem likely at Spurs.
Premier League champions Manchester City, Europa League runners-up Manchester United, and Champions League finalists Chelsea are all on high alert ahead of the summer transfer window.
Several of the managerial candidates believed to be in the running for the Spurs vacancy have been hugely underwhelming, with names like Belgium boss Roberto Martinez – who failed at Everton – and Brighton’s Graham Potter among a four-man shortlist, as per The Athletic.
The Lilywhites aren’t likely to win silverware any time soon with the majority of the names on the list, especially given that they finished seventh this campaign and are in desperate need of a squad overhaul.
However, Pochettino surely gives them a fighting – and much better – chance of trophies, considering that he overachieved at the club massively.
Across five seasons, having spent very little in the transfer market, the Argentine delivered three successive top-three finishes in the Premier League, four Champions League qualifications, surpassing arch-rivals Arsenal after decades of dominance, and of course that historic first Champions League final.
He was also the man responsible for transforming the club behind the scenes, introducing state-of-the-art sports science work.
It’s no wonder many around football have praised him, including trophy-laden City boss Pep Guardiola, who once hailed his work at Spurs as “overwhelming” and “extraordinary”, whilst he has also dubbed him “one of the best managers in the world.”
Furthermore, Kane has spoken glowingly about his relationship with the 49-year-old, with whom he struck up a crucial partnership throughout those five seasons.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville on the The Overlap YouTube channel, he revealed: “[Pochettino] was the perfect guy for me to come into because we worked so hard, training was so tough. We done a lot of work in the gym. I was at a real development stage of my career. I was kind of just developing into my body and things like that and with that extra training, extra gym work kind of his guidance at that aspect. He gave me a lot of confidence.”
Kane added: “We built up a real good relationship. We understood each other, not just football but personal as well. We had some great years and great moments and obviously would’ve loved to have won something with him, won a trophy with him. It didn’t quite happen but I will always cherish the relationship and the years we had together for sure.”
Rehiring Pochettino could well be Levy’s trump card in their desperate attempt to keep hold of Tottenham’s star striker.
If that does appear to be the case, then the Spurs chairman must go all-out for the PSG manager this summer, that’s for sure.
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