Tottenham: Pochettino declares love for Kane in 2017
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Tottenham’s board have two reasons for eyeing a Hollywood return for Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports. The Argentine was only hired as Paris Saint-Germain manager back in January. But, less than six months on, and a parting of the ways could be on the cards.
Pochettino took charge of Tottenham back in 2014, getting the job after they’d missed out on Louis van Gaal to Manchester United.
And the Argentine did well throughout his spell in charge, transforming Spurs into one of the most attacking teams in the country while also guiding them to Carabao Cup and Champions League finals.
In the end, Tottenham decided to axe Pochettino and replace him with Jose Mourinho in October 2019.
But Mourinho didn’t last long, spending just 18 months in the capital before Daniel Levy put him out of his misery.
Now, Tottenham are being linked with a return for Pochettino.
And ESPN claim Spurs have two reasons behind that stance, with the first being the future of Harry Kane.
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The Tottenham striker is eager to leave north London behind for a new challenge elsewhere, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona all admirers.
But Tottenham, by approaching Pochettino, are hopeful the return of the popular 49-year-old will convince their star striker to stick rather than twist.
A second reason is that Spurs also believe there is a lack of alternatives currently on the market.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag remains under consideration but, having recently signed a new contract with the Amsterdam outfit, won’t be easy to snap up.
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Tottenham were interested in Julian Nagelsmann at one point.
But the German has decided to leave RB Leipzig for Bayern Munich instead and is poised to replace Hansi Flick, who is heading out the door to take charge of the Germany national team.
While Tottenham want to bring Pochettino back, however, his return is far from straightforward.
PSG have cannily released an interview with the Argentine elaborating on his first few months in charge, with the timing rather suspicious.
And that suggests PSG are hopeful of keeping Pochettino as manager, despite the 49-year-old missing out on the Ligue 1 and Champions League titles this term.
Meanwhile, speaking last year, the former Spurs boss opened up on his final few weeks in charge of the club.
“In the last few days, I was talking with Daniel [Levy],” he said.
“I wanted to translate my gratitude and that of my coaching staff and all our families because he was the person that trusted us, who gave us the structure to work.
“[Our conversation] was to say thank you for trusting in us. I was a very young coach, with my experience in Spain and my one-and-a-half years in Southampton.
“The football vision at Tottenham was completely different then to what it is now. That’s why it was amazing for us as a coaching staff to go very quickly [to a higher level].
“To be involved and help the club to be the club that it is today is fantastic. Today, Tottenham is one of the best clubs in the world. We feel very proud of that.
“Of course, we could not finish the way we wanted.
“After a five-year project, working very hard, and spending less money than other opponents, being focused in building the best stadium in the world, was a very difficult task.
“We worked very hard to try to finish that dream – which was to build the stadium.
“But, at the same time, in all of these type of projects, there is a lot of work and disappointments, things that are not always easy to translate in the time and to keep the same freshness and the same relationships because it’s normal that there’s a lot of friction in a project like this.”
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