The Argentine left north London 18 months ago and after a hiatus in the game during the pandemic, signed an 18-month short-term contract with his former French side PSG.
On the Ligue 1 side, Pochettino won two national trophies to break his duck as a coach but was knocked down at the league title post by Lille this weekend.
PSG reached the Champions League semi-finals this season, sweeping Barcelona and Bayern Munich under Pochettino but were beaten by Manchester City.
However, PSG are a very different club from the Argentinian’s previous management experiences and it is believed that politics behind the scenes have proven difficult for a man who essentially just wants to coach players.
football.london understands that not only have Spurs spoken to Pochettino about returning to the club, but that the 49-year-old is reportedly interested in returning to N17.
Pochettino has made no secret of his desire to return to Tottenham to take on ‘unfinished business’ at the club, but few expected his return to be potentially so soon.
The Argentine revolutionized Spurs in his five and a half years at the club, with three consecutive results in the top three, four Champions League qualifiers, finally reshuffling Arsenal after 22 years in the Premier League and taking the club to a first Historic Champions League. final.
Pochettino also helped transform Tottenham behind the scenes with his cutting edge work in sports science and once again made them a force in the Premier League with two title challenges.
It was that Champions League final defeat that hit Pochettino hard and he was emotionally shattered as a result of that sliding door moment, visibly a different man on the club’s pre-season tour of Asia later. this summer.
However, he is now believed to be refreshed after almost a year away from the game and a very different experience managing football at PSG.
It is now up to Tottenham to negotiate with the French giants to bring Pochettino back to north London and free him from the final year of his contract.
The two clubs have a strong relationship and French media have reported that PSG are already looking for a replacement, although some have suggested that PSG are keen on keeping the Argentine and want him to have a campaign with a full preseason. under his belt with the players.
Pochettino’s return would go a long way in rebuilding the fractured relationship with club fans for Spurs president Daniel Levy.
Levy and Pochettino became close during the Argentinian’s time at the club and no manager before or since has enjoyed this relationship with the president.
Neither of the two appear to have entertained any animosity towards each other since their split and both Pochettino and Spurs have been in a different place for different reasons since that time in 2019.
Pochettino’s return could also help Spurs as they look to keep Harry Kane at the club, amid speculation surrounding the forward’s future. The England captain has become a star under the Argentine and has a strong bond with him.
If Tottenham can’t get Pochettino away from PSG, football.london understands that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag remains a strong contender for the role and is also said to be interested in the job, despite the title-winning Dutch giants recently opting to extend his contract by a year.
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The departure of Antonio Conte, a very different manager from both Pochettino and Ten Hag, of Inter Milan and suddenly becoming a free agent will also have caught the attention of Tottenham, although the Italian needs some help. money to build its sides, which the North London team will struggle with. to find this summer unless they can finally get a naming rights deal for their stadium.
However, it was the return of Pochettino, popular with fans and everyone at the club, that would galvanize everyone at the club again.
Tottenham’s frame of reference for their new managerial search used Pochettino as a benchmark as they searched for an attacking-based coach, who will use the club’s advanced techniques and also play football in ‘The Tottenham Way’.
This man might be available again. Now it’s Daniel Levy’s turn.