Spurs fans are eagerly awaiting who will be the next Tottenham Hotspur manager, with Mauricio Pochettino rumoured to be in talks with the club.
According to The Athletic, the Argentine could make a sensational return to his former club. While he has been winning some domestic cups in France, he has failed to settle in Paris.
Mauricio Pochettino in Talks to Become Next Tottenham Hotspur Manager
Manager Rumour Mill Rumbles on as Ryan Mason Thanks Fans
Ryan Mason’s message to the fans on social media is likely a final goodbye.
He said: “Enjoyed leading the team the last few weeks I couldn’t have asked for more from the group of players and we always felt the fans behind us. Thank you for your support.”
Along with Chris Powell, Mason has been acting as caretaker manager and has done an okay job. He was thrown into a cup final against Manchester City with just one-midweek fixture to prepare. Since then, results have been mixed. His team selection and substitutions within matches have attracted some criticism from the Spurs faithful.
But fans have enjoyed the reintroduction of the likes of Dele Alli to the first team. Towards the end of his caretaker period, Mason got Spurs playing some attacking football again as shown in the 4-2 win against Leicester City on the final day.
Despite Mason’s decent work, Tottenham are looking for a new boss. The latest name in the rumour mill is Pochettino’s, who joins the likes of Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez.
Pochettino Best Choice to Move Club Forward
Pochettino is the fans’ choice and probably the best choice that Daniel Levy could make to appoint as the next Tottenham Hotspur manager.
The Athletic have suggested that Pochettino is in talks with Spurs, unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain. They claim he has less power at the French club compared to his time at Tottenham.
Crucially, The Athletic outline that Pochettino is still contracted to PSG and has only been at the club since December; Les Parisiens do not want to have yet another managerial change. As a result, Pochettino would have to resign to ‘force his way out’.
Two days ago, Alasdair Gold tweeted: “Poch is not currently a candidate, but if his situation changes at PSG and he showed interest, he would come into the frame. Let’s be honest, the ideal candidate profile is him.”
But this morning, Gold gave an update in line with The Athletic, suggesting that Spurs were interested in bringing Pochettino back, and Pochettino was happy to return to the club.
If the Argentine can find his way out of France, he would receive a very warm welcome back at Tottenham.
Pochettino can Correct Mourinho Damage
Chairman Daniel Levy is reported to have said to friends that sacking Pochettino was a ‘mistake’. In hindsight, with the damage that Jose Mourinho caused, sacking Pochettino does now seem like a much poorer decision.
Spurs were struggling towards the end of Pochettino’s reign, but the club had come so close to European glory, having had sustainable top-four finishes.
But complacency, lack of mental grit and a winning mentality plagued Pochettino’s Tottenham in the latter stages of what was a brilliant project. Mourinho took up the project, heavily altered it, promising to turn the club into serial winners.
Mourinho got Spurs to a league cup final before being sacked. In the process, he destroyed the attacking style of play that Pochettino had been encouraging, turning the club in the wrong direction.
Negative football could be justified by winning trophies and getting results. But Mourinho’s Tottenham side swiftly descended into more negatives than positives.
The only worry is that Pochettino is returning too soon with the same bunch of players that ultimately let him down in finals. Most Spurs fans have a very positive impression of Pochettino but even some of his staunchest supporters would prefer he come back in a few years time.
But the risk of throwing Pochettino under the Spurs bus is worth it. He has the vision to guide Spurs back on track. With proper support from Levy, and either keeping Harry Kane or building a side with his transfer monies, Pochettino is a realistic choice that gives Spurs fans the most hope.