Mauricio Pochettino is in talks with Tottenham over a return to the membership that may see him go away Paris Saint-Germain after lower than six months in cost.
The Argentine was appointed on the Parc des Princes in January, signing a contract till June 2022, with the choice for an additional yr, after being sacked by Spurs in November 2019.
He was changed at Tottenham by Jose Mourinho, who led the membership to a sixth-placed end in his first season earlier than being sacked in April 2021.
Pochettino led PSG to French Tremendous Cup and Coupe de France wins however did not ship the Ligue 1 title, lacking out to Lille by some extent.
They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League after victories over holders Bayern Munich and Barcelona within the knockout phases however missed out on a second consecutive remaining after defeat to Manchester Metropolis within the final 4.
In addition to teaching PSG, Pochettino additionally spent two-and-a-half years on the membership as a participant after becoming a member of from Espanyol in 2001.
Regardless of being sacked by Spurs in 2019, he stays a well-liked determine in north London after spending greater than 5 years because the membership’s supervisor.
He arrived from Southampton in 2014 and led them to the ultimate of the Carabao Cup in 2015 and the ultimate of the Champions League – for the primary time within the membership’s historical past – in 2019.
Pochettino additionally oversaw Premier League title challenges in 2015-16 and 2016-17, though Spurs have been overpowered by Leicester and Chelsea on these events.
Had been Pochettino to depart PSG, he would go away them trying to find their third head coach in lower than a yr.
Pochettino joined the membership as a alternative for Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked in December 2020 regardless of main them to their first Champions League remaining simply months earlier.
Merson: Poch can be welcomed again with open arms
Sky Sports activities’ Paul Merson:
“Pochettino returning to Spurs actually would not shock me.
“Individuals at all times say do not return however you have a look at the scenario at Tottenham and he’d be welcomed again with open arms. Dele Alli will surely welcome him again and there might be loads of different gamers too.
“Let’s be sincere, there’s not lots round in the mean time. I do know Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are out of labor, but when Kane goes, they aren’t going to need that job. I do know folks say I am ex-Arsenal and that is why I am saying it, however for me, the truth is that the Spurs job with out Kane is a little bit of a shocker. You take away somebody so influential who will in all probability go for round £100m, however who might be value £200m to Spurs.
“If Kane goes, I can see Heung-min Son wanting to depart, Hugo Lloris will need to go and earlier than you recognize it there is a mutiny there. They completed nowhere final season regardless of Kane profitable the Golden Boot, so the place are they going to complete subsequent season? They may do nicely to complete within the high half, for my part.
“Why would Pochettino need to return? If Harry Kane is offered, I believe that may purchase Pochettino time and possibly that is what appeals to him.
“However, it is also the attraction of the Premier League. All people desires to be within the Premier League. If you end up away from it you’re looking and making an attempt to see a means again in. It is the last word league on the earth and I can 100 per cent perceive why he desires to come back again.
“The query Spurs followers will need to know the reply to is whether or not he can persuade Kane to vary his thoughts and keep on the membership, however I am not so certain. He has mentioned he desires to win issues and no disrespect, Pochettino did not win issues in his first stint there they usually have been a greater group.
“Spurs are a great distance away from difficult in the mean time. In the event that they completed within the high 4 subsequent season you’d need whoever was the supervisor to be knighted. How do they end above Man Metropolis, Liverpool and Chelsea? Not together with Kane, what number of of their gamers get into these groups?
“I’ll say this, Spurs is a good membership. It is a class membership and with the stadium they have nice services. It is a very nice place, however there may be no one queuing as much as take the highest job in any respect. It is a very troublesome job and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see what occurs if Poch goes again.”
Tottenham legend Jurgen Klinsmann has spoken solely to Sky Sports activities Information about entertaining doable requires assist from Daniel Levy, his sympathy with Harry Kane over his Spurs future and England’s probabilities at this summer season’s European Championships.
Klinsmann, who has been out of soccer administration since leaving Hertha Berlin in February final yr, revealed he would “at all times take into account” a suggestion to return to Tottenham, the place he scored 29 Premier League targets in over 50 appearances throughout two spells.
“Positively you’d entertain it, little doubt,” mentioned Klinsmann about the opportunity of returning to Tottenham. “He [Daniel Levy] has my quantity, he can name me anytime. Spurs is one thing that you just’d at all times take into account.
“I am at all times in contact and doing stuff with Spurs is at all times one thing particular. I had the perfect time of my life there throughout my two spells.
“Within the soccer world, issues occur so quick. I by no means thought I would coach Germany or the USA so you need to have an open thoughts. It’s a must to at all times take into consideration new challenges, so why not Spurs?”