Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would reportedly be open to a return to the club. Pochettino, who managed Spurs between 2014 and 2019, led the club to the Champions League final and secured four successive top-four finishes in the Premier League during his tenure. He then went on to win Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain before being replaced by Christophe Galtier over the summer.
Tottenham’s current boss Antonio Conte is out of contract at the end of the season, and there have been suggestions that he could leave before then. Pochettino is one of the candidates being considered to replace him, along with former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann.
David Webb, who was head of elite identification and player development at Spurs between 2015 and 2017, spoke to The Sun about the possibility of Pochettino’s return to Tottenham. Webb, who also worked as a scout at Pochettino’s Southampton, said: “I think Spurs will change coach… If a good offer were to come up in Spain or Germany, [Pochettino] would be open to that, too. But the Premier League will always be his first choice. He was phenomenal at Tottenham — and would be open to it again.”
Webb also suggested that Wilfried Zaha, who is out of contract at Crystal Palace at the end of the season, could become Pochettino’s first signing if he returns to Tottenham. Zaha has been linked with Spurs and Arsenal in the past and is said to be attracting interest from Saudi Arabia.
Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham was widely regarded as a success, and he remains popular with the club’s fans. However, his relationship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reportedly became strained towards the end of his time at the club. Despite this, Webb believes that Pochettino would be open to a return if the offer was right.
Tottenham are currently in fourth place in the Premier League, but their position is under threat from Newcastle, who have two games in hand.