TBR View: Tottenham Hotspur could see Daniel Levy atone for ‘worst mistake’ by re-appointing Mauricio Pochettino
Daniel Levy could atone for the biggest mistake of his career by hiring Mauricio Pochettino as the Tottenham Hotspur manager to replace Jose Mourinho.
Reports by The Sun claim Levy has conceded to friends that the sacking of Pochettino in 2019 was the ‘worst mistake of his career’, as the Spurs Chairman now strives to replace the Argentine’s successor.
Pochettino was relieved of his command after five years in north London (BBC) following a poor run of results that left Tottenham 14th in the Premier League standings just months on from losing in the Champions League final, with Mourinho coming in to steady the ship.
Spurs would end Mourinho’s debut campaign sixth in the table and out of the Champions League in the Round of 16, and failed to improve this season with a seventh place finish and defeat in the Last 16 of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb.
The curtain would eventually fall on Mourinho’s tenure in April (BBC) when Ryan Mason was installed as interim head coach until the end of the term, with Levy buying himself time to find a suitable long-term successor.
Pochettino could be that man, with The Sun adding that Levy is considering an attempt to convince the Argentine to return to north London and that the 49-year-old is ‘seriously considering’ going back as he is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG failed to retain the Ligue 1 title with LOSC Lille clinching the crown on the final day of the season, while bowing out of the Champions League in the semi-finals after a 4-1 aggregate defeat to Manchester City.
TBR’s view: Levy could atone for Tottenham blunder with Pochettino
Levy has seemingly eaten some humble pie by admitting to friends that he made a mistake letting Pochettino leave in 2019 and may have to east some more to bring the Argentine back.
But convincing Pochettino to return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could see Levy atone for his blunder, by appointing a top candidate to fill Mourinho’s empty hot seat in which the current PSG boss did – what Andros Townsend described to talkSPORT as – an “incredible” job.
Pochettino transformed Spurs’ fortunes during his tenure and would have been expected to continue doing so had Levy backed him in the summer 2019 market, after urging the club to start “thinking like a big club” (Standard) and kick start a “new chapter” with fresh faces.
It spoke volumes of his work that when Pochettino was sacked players visited his home and offered their support, with Dele Alli – a player who would often find himself frozen out under Mourinho – even suggesting he blamed himself for the Argentine’s exit (Mirror).
Alli was also one of the players Pochettino took to the next level the most, with the England maestro scoring 18 goals in the 2016/17 Premier League season and being involved in 20 the following term (nine scored, 11 assisted), only to cut a bit-part figure under Mourinho.
Pochettino will have his work cut out to try and improve the mood in north London and get Tottenham back to where they were two years ago, but it is an avenue Levy and the PSG boss should very much explore.
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