Gold suggests some at Tottenham don't want Pochettino to return
Alasdair Gold has suggested on his YouTube channel that he is aware that some people inside Tottenham Hotspur really do not want Mauricio Pochettino back amid questions over Antonio Conte‘s future in North London.
Conte has had an underwhelming time with Spurs. Obviously, he did superbly to take his side to fourth in the Premier League last season. But they do not appear to have kicked on during this season.
And, as Gold suggests, Tottenham are now in a tricky position. There will be a temptation to spend on Conte’s targets in the January transfer window. But there is also an awareness that there are no guarantees that Conte will stay beyond this season. And thus, spending big in this window could be a real risk.
Some at Tottenham do not want Pochettino back
But not spending may do little to convince Conte to stay put. So it is a really tough balancing act.
Should Conte move on, one of the names who will surely be in the mix for the post will be Pochettino. He is loved by Tottenham fans for all he achieved during his tenure. And he is still available.
There was also a sense that when Pochettino left before he could finish what he started during his time in charge. But it seems that the idea of reappointing the Argentinian does not sit right with some behind the scenes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Gold was discussing Conte’s future. And he hinted that bringing Pochettino back would divide opinion in North London.
“Let’s say Conte went and Pochettino were to come back, or Thomas Tuchel, I think bringing Pochettino back would be admitting a huge mistake,” he told his YouTube channel.
“And I know that there’s mixed views within that club about certain people that would like Poch back and there’s certain people who really wouldn’t like him back, maybe because it shines a light on that decision and how Spurs haven’t really pushed on since then.”
Pochettino would surely have a tough decision to make if Tottenham came calling too. His time at Spurs was special and threatened to take the club to that next level.
With time, some of the disappointment from the latter stages of Pochettino’s tenure has evaporated. So there would be real optimism that he could recapture the magic from his first spell.
Unfortunately, football does not always work out like that. And if Conte leaves, Tottenham cannot afford to get their next managerial appointment wrong. So it would be a risk to turn to Pochettino again.
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