In a fresh twist, it seems Tottenham Hotspur do still have a chance at reappointing Mauricio Pochettino…
According to Le10 Sport, Paris Saint-Germain have already lined up a replacement for the 49-year-old in the event he leaves Les Parcs des Princes before the 2021/22 campaign in the from of Zinedine Zidane.
A little over a week ago, reports linked the Argentine with a sensational return to North London, with The Athletic claiming that both parties had held talks and were very keen for a reunion.
However, the Ligue 1 giants have held firm in their stance of keeping the former Spurs boss but this latest development throws further shade on the situation.
It’s thought that interest from the Lilywhites has led to tensions rising between Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo, and the French outfit are now dreaming of the recently-departed Real Madrid head coach.
Spurs’ manager search has gone down many different paths since the sacking of Jose Mourinho nearly two months ago, with the latest being a major setback over Antonio Conte.
The North London hierarchy turned their attention to the nine-time trophy-winning Italian after the blow to Pochettino but after reported ‘positive talks,’ both sides decided to walk away over concerns, as per the Telegraph.
What Spurs do next very much remains to be seen because, on the face of it, they appear to be back at square one – though this latest twist could open the door for another run at Pochettino.
Zidane is available for free right now having left the Bernabeu at the end of the season, so it’s an easy and quick fix for PSG if the 49-year-old were to leave.
This news will leave many in North London absolutely buzzing because plenty of fans are desperate to see their former favourite back in the dugout, and when a move for him was effectively dead and buried, they were gutted beyond belief.
As relayed by This is Futbol, some supporters were hugely excited, with one suggesting it was “like Christmas Eve” whilst another claimed he was “salivating uncontrollably.”
But this quickly turned sour as a further member of the Spurs faithful described the blow in their bid to secure the Argentine as “embarrassing and pathetic” and again, some wanted the board and the chairman out, just weeks after many protested against the club’s hierarchy.
As described by reliable football.london journalist Alasdair Gold, Pochettino really is Tottenham’s “ideal candidate.” Therefore, if PSG are already planning to find Pochettino’s successor, then there’s every chance that Spurs have a clear shot at bringing him home.
On the above evidence, that’ll surely leave many delighted.