A fresh twist has emerged in Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial saga once again and this one is sure to leave many excited…
According to talkSPORT, the Lilywhites’ hierarchy is still believed to favour a move for former coach Mauricio Pochettino after the blows suffered to Paulo Fonseca and then Gennaro Gattuso.
It’s thought that their new director of football Fabio Paratici is now targeting ex-Wolves boss Nuno Santo but the rest of the club’s leading figures would rather tempt the Argentine back from Paris Saint-Germain, some 18 months after he was originally sacked by Daniel Levy.
The Athletic revealed last month that the two parties had held talks over a sensational return but it proved difficult due to PSG’s stance of keeping hold of their manager, leading to them triggering an extension in his contract to all but end Spurs’ advances.
Now, though, it seems it could well be back on.
This is merely just another twist in the tale and whilst many in North London will be growing concerned and probably frustrated by the arduous process, the prospects of Pochettino still being in the running will delight many supporters.
Some were left underwhelmed by Fonseca coming in and plenty were firmly opposed to the arrival of Gattuso, so much so that a social media campaign against him was trending and that clearly caught the eye of Spurs’ big wigs, who quickly ended their pursuit.
Over the eight weeks since Jose Mourinho has been sacked, some six or more names have been in the running. It all started with Julian Nagelsmann, who opted to join Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig instead.
Brendan Rodgers was then considered but he quickly ruled himself out of the running, understandable considering his trophy-winning project at Leicester City.
One name Spurs appeared to be close to was ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte before talks between the two sides broke down. And then, of course, there are the recent blows to Fonseca and the controversial former AC Milan midfielder.
It’s so crucial, more so now than ever, that Levy gets this appointment spot on. Many have already protested about his decisions in recent months and right now, it seems Spurs are in freefall after their worst Premier League finish since 2009.
Pochettino solves plenty of the worries, though, and is evidently amongst the favourites with the fanbase, as seen by reaction to the initial links a month ago.
This is yet another twist in the tale but at least it’s an exciting one after several setbacks. It should leave lots of fans buzzing in N17.