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Tottenham 'open talks' with Mauricio Pochettino over sensational return as boss


Tottenham have opened talks with Mauricio Pochettino regarding a potentially sensational return this summer.

The Argentine was axed back in November 2019 following more than five years in charge.

Pochettino had led Tottenham to the Champions League Final just months before his sacking but spoke of the need to rebuild the squad as results began to tail off.

Daniel Levy opted to show him the door and the 49-year-old has since taken charge at PSG.

But Pochettino has failed to settle in the French capital and has a year remaining on his deal at the Parc des Princes.

He is open to a north London return but pulling off such a coup is seen as a huge challenge, reports the Athletic.



Mauricio Pochettino could make a shock return to Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino could make a shock return to Tottenham

PSG are reluctant to let Pochettino go as they do not want to hire a third head coach in as many years which means he would likely have to resign should he want a Tottenham return.

The Argentine was unable to win the Ligue 1 title but did claim two domestic cups and reach the last four of the Champions League, seeing off Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the process.

That said he has had to work with less power at PSG than he had at Tottenham and has dealt with similar internal issues faced by predecessor Thomas Tuchel.

Levy knows he needs to repair the relationship with fans, who would welcome Pochettino’s return.

Since his departure his popularity has only grown following the decline under Jose Mourinho which also saw Tottenham veer away from their attacking football blueprint.

Pochettino’s style came with huge plaudits as he delivered four successive years of Champions League football with a second place finish in 2017 his best effort.

Levy stated in his programme notes recently that he wanted to make changes at the club having admitted they lost sight of their principles and identity.

“As a Club we have been so focused on delivering the stadium and dealing with the impact of the pandemic, that I feel we lost sight of some key priorities and what’s truly in our DNA,” he said.

“The new stadium is pivotal to generating revenues to invest in the squad. Every single penny generated gets re-invested back into our Club.

“We are absolutely clear that central to our ambitions is a successful football team – it is what we all crave.

“We have come close over the last seven seasons and everyone’s focus is on a return to regular Champions League participation and competing for honours.”





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