Mauricio Pochettino could sensationally return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
That is the latest claim from The Sun, who suggested that the 49-year-old is considering a switch back to Spurs following a disappointing spell in charge of French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The Ligue 1 outfit have squandered the title to Lille and were also knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals, whilst Daniel Levy is said to be considering a ploy to lure his former manager back to N17.
Spurs’ chairman is said to have admitted to close friends that sacking the Argentine was the worst mistake of his career to date – rather damning if true.
Pochettino would undoubtedly be welcomed back with open arms, although it remains to be seen whether he’s a viable candidate.
According to football.london’s Alasdair Gold, if his situation changes at PSG and he “showed interest”, he would then “come into the frame”, especially considering that he has the “ideal candidate profile” for the job.
Not only would his return appease much of the Lilywhites fanbase, many of whom have been seen protesting against Levy and the club’s owners ENIC in recent weeks, it could also give them a massive boost in their bid to keep hold of star striker Harry Kane.
Recently, the England talisman waxed lyrical about Pochettino and the relationship between the pair to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville for The Overlap YouTube channel.
“[Pochettino] was the perfect guy for me to come into because we worked so hard, training was so tough,” said Kane, before adding: “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.”
Sky Sports believe that Kane has asked Spurs if he can leave the club this summer, putting the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea on high alert.
The 27-year-old desperately wants to win trophies as he enters the peak of his already goal-laden career and was thought to have made a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with Levy to stay to try and achieve that under Jose Mourinho.
Pochettino wouldn’t instantly bring Spurs a piece of silverware if he were to return. After all, he failed to do so in five years at the club but, truth be told, they overachieved with him in control, which included making the Champions League final two years ago.
If he were backed in the transfer market the same way that Mourinho was, there’s every chance he could then take Spurs to the next level, and you’d imagine the relationship that Kane and Pochettino have would be enough to keep the striker in N17 for at least one last hoorah.
If Pochettino is the “ideal candidate,” then the Spurs hierarchy must shelve their pride and correct their mistake. In doing so, they could have a fighting chance of keeping their superstar striker.