The Telegraph have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have drawn up a shortlist of five mangagers to replace Mauricio Pochettino, with the same report now claiming the West Ham United clash on November 23 is make or break.
The former Southampton and Espanyol manager is coming under increasing pressure in his sixth season as Spurs boss. Just three Premier League wins from 12 games sees the north Londoners sit in a lowly 14th place.
Indeed, Spurs failed to beat Sheffield United at home last time out. Many are bewildered by Pochettino’s tactics and constant rotation of both his players and the formation – as well as a number of strange press conferences.
The report now claims that the clash against London rivals West Ham could be his last – and that five managers have been touted to replace him. Out-of-work duo Max Allegri and Jose Mourinho are on that shortlist, given their lack of employment.
RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, 32, is on the shortlist after being linked earlier this month, while England boss Gareth Southgate is also an option. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is also being considered by chairman Daniel Levy.
TBR’s view – Which would be best to replace Poch at Spurs?
Pochettino has found success during his stint at Tottenham by implementing an exciting, attacking style of football twinned with dominating possession and a high press that sees his attackers’ work rate matched by the entire team.
Mourinho’s defensive style, then, is not suitable. Allegri is also renowned for his defensive solidarity, though he is more forward thinking. Howe is an excellent young manager, and a big club should be his next move.
But the best bet for Levy and Tottenham would be Leipzig’s Nagelsmann or Southgate. Nagelsmann only took over Leipzig in the summer and his side have scored 44 goals in 17 games. Southgate, meanwhile, has adopted a very modern style.