Who Could Replace Pochettino At Spurs?
It has been a rocky beginning to the season for Tottenham Hotspur, and Mauricio Pochettino and the pressure on the Argentine is getting to a point where there may be no coming back. This week then, it has been probably the worst one of his time in charge. The poor results from Tottenham could also prompt Mauricio Pochettino to leave the club.
Let’s sum everything up. They are being eliminated by a 4th division team from Carabao Cup, getting the worst defeat ever in an international competition (2-7) against Bayern in their new stadium and losing this weekend to Brighton 3×0. It is probably one of the worst times to be a Spurs supporter right now.
His tenure at Spurs had been a remarkable success up until this season. Spurs inaugurated a new stadium; they were granted the right to host NFL matchups this October, and they made it to the final of Champions League. However, this new season, they haven’t been able to replicate their form that saw them get all the way to the final in Madrid, where they were beaten by Liverpool.
There is a feeling that things have become stale at Spurs, and players are looking disinterested, and there is something fundamentally wrong. Pochettino himself has looked a little disconnected from the squad over recent months, and there is a clear indication that he has his heart set on a move away from the club potentially to Real Madrid.
However, who could Spurs target to bring in order to continue the work that Pochettino has done to make a successful team in North London?
The Leicester City manager is at the top of the bookmakers’ list of favourites, and in truth, the club could do a lot worse. However, tempting him to leave an attractive project like he has at the Foxes could be a potential sticking point.
Leicester worked tirelessly to bring the Northern Irishman to the club, and would likely not allow their manager to leave. Daniel Levy is a renowned negotiator, but even he may struggle to change the minds of the Leicester hierarchy.
Rodgers would be the ideal contender for the role as he plays a very similar style of football to Pochettino, and like the Argentine, he also thrives when bringing young players through.
Another name at the top of most betting markets is the former Juventus head coach, who left the Old Lady in the summer. Allegri was replaced by Maurizio Sarri after the Turin club preferred a change in direction. The fact that Allegri is without a club would be something that could make negotiations a little easier, but he has been adamant that he isn’t keen on taking a job mid-way through the season. But, if the right offer came up, he would certainly be tempted.
Allegri enjoyed an excellent five-years in Turin and won almost everything possible. He won the league title in every season he had with the club, and four Coppa Italia’s. He almost won the Champions League with Juventus, too, but was beaten in the final on two occasions in 2015 and 2017. Should he be the main target for Spurs, then they would have an excellent chance of getting the Italian.
If you listen to radio stations, then the one man that fans seem to be crying out for is Jose Mourinho. He seems to be a firm fan favourite due to his ability of winning trophies consistently. The one question mark that has remained over Pochettino is his ability to win silverware, and the squad may thrive with somebody so successful like Mourinho.
Of course, Mourinho’s recent history has been well documented, but he has reiterated that he is still waiting for the right offer to get back into management. He has been out of work for almost a year now following his departure from Manchester United. There will still be concerns by some should the Portuguese come to the club, as he does have a habit of not sticking around very long and upsetting the players at the club.
Levy may also be aware of this and may not feel confident appointing a manager that is so confrontational. However, should he discover his mojo at Spurs, then they could achieve something that they haven’t for a long time – a trophy.