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Mauricio Pochettino's telling comments on Tottenham return as pressure mounts on Nuno


Nuno Espirito Santo is facing a fight to save his job after his Tottenham side fell to a dreadful 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. Spurs failed to muster a shot on target as they were completely outplayed by the Red Devils, and some supporters are losing patience with their Portuguese manager.

Boos rang around the stadium when Lucas Moura was replaced by Steven Bergwijn in the second-half, and Nuno faced chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ as furious fans vented their anger.

While his job is not believed to be under any immediate danger, a defeat to Everton in their next Premier League game could well see under-fire Spurs chairman Daniel Levy pull the trigger on Nuno.

If that does happen, all the talk will turn to who will be the next man in the hotseat, with the likes of Antonio Conte, Erik ten Hag and Roberto Martinez heavily linked in the summer.

There is no doubt who would be the most popular choice among the Spurs fanbase, however – a certain Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentinean was a much-loved figure during the five-and-a-half years he spent at the club between 2014-19, and many were shocked when he was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Although he is now at Paris Saint-Germain, there is a belief that Pochettino could be tempted into a sensational return to north London – especially given the fact he is coming under fire at Parc des Princes.

And speaking to BT Sport last year, Pochettino did little to play down the suggestions that he has unfinished business at Spurs.

“Deep inside, I think maybe in five years, maybe in ten years, the universe will see that before I die I will manage Tottenham again,” he said. 

“If it’s possible I want to try to win one title because I want to feel what it is like to do that. The fans are amazing, all the love we received was amazing, and this would be a good opportunity to pay back all the love they showed us from day one.”

While Levy would no doubt jump at the chance to re-appoint Pochettino – and reportedly tried to do so in the summer – prising him away from PSG may be easier said than done.

Pochettino has a contract which runs until 2023, and it would require an eye-watering payout to be able to release him of that deal.

PSG also seem desperate to hold onto their man, despite the fact his expensively-assembled side have been far from their best so far this season.

PSG do sit top of Ligue 1 and are also in first place in their Champions League group.

However, their style of football has been far from easy on the eye, and the likes of Lionel Messi are yet to show their very best in the current campaign.

Pochettino’s PSG are next in action on Wednesday when they face RB Leipzig in Europe before a trip to Bordeaux next Saturday. 





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