Mauricio Pochettino could be set for a stunning return to Tottenham 18 months on from his exit.
Currently on the lookout for a new manager following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last month, the favourite for the job with the bookmakers has constantly changed over the past five weeks with plenty of different names linked with the Spurs hotseat.
However, chairman Daniel Levy could be set to turn to a familiar face once again as he looks to appoint his ideal man.
football.london understands that the Lilywhites have indeed held talks with the Argentine over the current vacancy and the 49-year-old would be interested in a return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Unfairly sacked back in November 2019 in the eyes of many Tottenham fans, talk of Pochettino taking on the job has gone down incredibly well amongst the Spurs faithful at a time when the club needs a huge lift after such a difficult couple of seasons.
Missing out on a Champions League place for the second year on the trot, last week it was reported that Harry Kane has made it clear to the club that he would like to seal a move elsewhere in the summer as he looks to win major trophies in the game.
Coming through the academy before Pochettino gave him a sustained run in the Tottenham team, the England captain went from strength to strength under the PSG boss to help him become the world-class player he is today.
Heavily linked with a move away to one of Europe’s top clubs in the past, the striker has made it clear he does not want to move abroad and reports have claimed that Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all interested in his services.
Tottenham do not expect to part company with their star man this summer and it would take a mammoth offer for Levy to even consider allowing the 27-year-old to leave.
Kane’s well-documented interview with Gary Neville about his future could well be a plea to the chairman to strengthen this summer and all Tottenham fans will be hoping that is the case.
Needing a reason to remain in N17 for the foreseeable future as he looks to win trophies with the club he joined as an 11-year-old, the potential return of Pochettino could be Levy’s trump card in this summer’s transfer saga and it would in turn deliver a killer blow to the likes of Man City and Manchester United.
Transforming Spurs from European contenders to Champions League regulars after taking on the job seven years ago following an impressive spell at Southampton, the players all responded to Pochettino’s vision and methods and it was a recipe for success on the pitch.
Kane was key to their rise and he constantly waxed lyrical about life under the former Argentina defender after he helped him hit a whole new level amid doubts if he could become a Spurs regular.
Speaking after their draw away at Barcelona in December 2018 that saw them qualify for the Champions League knockout stage against the odds, he said: “I can’t speak highly enough of [Pochettino]. He’s a fantastic manager, a fantastic man.
“With him, it’s always about hard work and belief. That’s what he said to us before the game and at half-time: just believe, bring energy, work. And we’ll get the reward.
“You just want to perform for him, work hard for him, win for him. He’s very passionate. You can tell sometimes he wants to be out there himself, putting in tackles, running about.
“You respond to that. On nights like that, big occasions, you just want to do him justice. We’re buzzing, he was very happy in the changing room.
“We should enjoy it. But I know him — he’ll be focused on Saturday and trying to win against Burnley.”
Now with Tottenham in a similar position to when he first took on the job in 2014 with the team needing a rebuild to get them challenging towards the top again, Pochettino appears to be the ideal candidate Levy is looking to appoint at the club.
Needing to discuss a deal with Paris Saint-Germain to bring him back to north London with a year left on his contract in the French capital, the outcome of the negotiations could well have a bearing on where exactly Kane is playing his football come August.
A return for Pochettino would give everyone inside the club a huge lift and Kane may believe that the silverware he so desperately craves may finally arrive under the Argentine second time around at Tottenham.
Source by Football London