Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara has urged the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy, to bring back Mauricio Pochettino to replace Antonio Conte as manager.
Tottenham’s hopes of ending their trophy drought this season were dashed as they were knocked out of the Champions League by AC Milan. Reports suggest that Pochettino, who led the club to the Champions League final and 160 wins during his first stint as manager, is interested in returning to the club if Conte leaves. Tottenham are also considering Thomas Tuchel as a potential replacement for Conte, but O’Hara believes that Pochettino is the clear choice.
Levy may have to move quickly if he wants to secure Pochettino’s services, as the Argentine has attracted interest from a number of overseas clubs. Pochettino was sacked by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain last summer and has been out of work since then.
Conte’s contract is worth £15 million-per-year and is due to expire at the end of the season. Tottenham would have to pay a compensation fee of close to £5 million if they were to sack him. Conte has won trophies with four different clubs during his managerial career, but Levy would have been expecting more from him this season.
O’Hara believes that Pochettino has unfinished business at Tottenham and should be given the chance to return to the club. He feels that Levy should not even consider other candidates such as Tuchel or Brentford boss Thomas Frank.
In an interview with GIVEMESPORT, O’Hara said, “You don’t need three candidates. Get Pochettino in. Bring that sexy man back that everyone can see. That’s all we need, so get him in. There’s no candidates and there are good managers out there – you can say Thomas Tuchel and Thomas Frank – but no. Pochettino needs to come back to the football club. He’s got unfinished business. He left when Daniel Levy was being tight and now Daniel Levy has realised he can’t do that anymore.”
It remains to be seen who will be in charge at Tottenham next season, but Levy will have to make a decision soon if he wants to bring Pochettino back to the club.