It has been almost a month and a half since Jose Mourinho was sacked at Tottenham Hotspur and there have already been talks to appoint his predecessor again, current PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
When it rains, it pours, and that is how Daniel Levy must be feeling right now. Harry Kane wants to leave the club while every good manager on the market is being snapped up by the day. If this was not enough, Tottenham fans were not pleased by Tottenham’s inclusion and subsequent exclusion from the European Super League while the club are also in a substantial amount of debt due to loan payments relating to Tottenham’s new stadium.
Daniel Levy needs somebody to steady the ship, and who better than the person who did it so brilliantly 7 years ago in Mauricio Pochettino?
Will Pochettino leave PSG for Tottenham?
While the answer to this question would have been different a month ago, a trophyless campaign (major trophies) has changed things quite a bit. However, it has led to Pochettino having second thoughts about this club rather than PSG’s hierarchy.
Pochettino arrived at the club at the start of the year and was expected to drive PSG to Ligue 1 and Champions League glory. Things also looked on the up when they obliterated Barcelona in the Round of 16, while they also came through against reigning Champions Bayern Munich in the quarter-final. However, in what was one of the hardest roads to a Champions League final, PSG faltered against Manchester City in the semi-final.
Things did not get any better when PSG lost out to Lille in the Ligue 1, a title they won 8 times in the last decade. All of these things coupled with Neymar’s shenanigans and Mbappe’s refusal of a contract extension has wounded PSG to a certain extent. To PSG’s despair, the manager they sacked to appoint Pochettino in Thomas Tuchel now has a chance to win the Champions League with his new club.
Thus, all these things have led to Mauricio Pochettino having second thoughts about remaining beyond the summer. To his advantage, his current contract is only valid till next summer, and it would not be an issue for a club interested in Pochettino to pay his buyout clause at PSG. The Paris outfit want to keep Pochettino for several years as they are confident about the Argentine’s tactics and his ability to get the best out of his players.
However, this is not a mutual feeling and with the Real Madrid job also vacant, Pochettino could be available in the summer, albeit a return to England will be the more comfortable option for him. Pochettino has found it hard not just to coach PSG but also to live in the city. The Argentine’s wife and younger child Maurizio are still living in England, and this could be one of Tottenham’s chips to cash in if they have to lure Pochettino back to England.
What if Pochettino agrees to come back, and what if he does not?
Harry Kane will be essential for Tottenham if Pochettino is to return and complete a rebuild job, however, the Argentine has shown before that his tactics and excellent eye for transfers will be enough to steady the ship at Tottenham, possibly even without their outgoing superstar.
Daniel Levy needs to find a fix soon, and approaching Pochettino to return to England is a step in the positive direction. Moreover, this could also help Ryan Mason as he could return back to his U-18 Coaching role and develop his skills as a manager.
However, if Pochettino remains at PSG or chooses to go to Real Madrid, which has been his dream job for the longest time, Spurs will need to look at the alternatives. Antonio Conte is available, and the Italian is reportedly interested in a move back to England. Conte could bring in the discipline and structure this Tottenham squad have lacked for quite a while now. Additionally, if the money received from Kane’s sale is provided to Antonio Conte to bring in his players, the Italian has shown his track record of winning league titles at every club he has ever managed, including the Premier League he won with Chelsea in 2017.
There are a lot of issues to address at Tottenham currently, but securing a manager as soon as possible will be high up Levy’s priority list and rightly so, as Tottenham desperately need a man to change their fortunes.