Opinion: One thing suggests Levy had Pochettino in mind when hiring Nuno at Tottenham
Nearly two years on from the day Daniel Levy sacked him, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are still being mentioned in the same breath.
Calls to re-hire the Argentine were fuelled further over the summer, when some very credible outlets revealed he’d be willing to come back.
Football London was one of those, reporting that Spurs made contact with Pochettino in May, and he was keen to return to N17.
Eventually, Nuno Espirito Santo was hired, but one thing suggests to us that Levy hasn’t put Pochettino out of his mind entirely.
Why was Nuno only given a two-year contract?
Interestingly, Levy only handed Nuno a two-year contract when hiring him as José Mourinho’s replacement back in June.
In our view, that doesn’t suggest to us that Levy is behind a long-term project led by the Portuguese coach.
Our thinking is this. Paris Saint-Germain are a trigger-happy club who will not settle for less – after all, they sacked Thomas Tuchel of all coaches.
Pochettino has won all seven of his Ligue 1 games this term, although there are signs that all is not well at the Parc des Princes.
Firstly, Pochettino lost the Trophée des Champions to Lille, which would surely have upset his bosses.
Then, there was a disappointing 1-1 draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League.
That may not sound like much, but those on the board at PSG are desperate for Champions League success, so that may have concerned them.
Above all, Pochettino has already had an altercation with Lionel Messi, who you do not want to get on the wrong side of from a political aspect.
Did Daniel Levy have a hunch?
Levy isn’t very popular, but he’s no idiot.
He was surely aware that PSG do not accept mediocrity, or even just above that – Tuchel was sacked in December 2020, despite guiding his side to the top of their Champions League group.
In our view, he only gave Nuno a two-year deal so it would be cheaper to terminate the contract if Pochettino became available.
It’s just a theory, although we certainly won’t be surprised if it comes true.
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