Jose Mourinho would consider taking over at Tottenham Hotspur if Mauricio Pochettino was to leave, according to a report.
Pochettino is under pressure at Tottenham, despite leading them to the Champions League final last season. Spurs have failed to win an away game in the Premier League since January, when they beat relegated Fulham, and have already lost to the likes of Newcastle and Brighton this season – as well as being knocked out of the Carabao Cup to League Two side Colchester United and being hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The former Southampton boss remains under contract until 2023, by which time he would have been in charge at the club for nine years, but there have been claims that he has lost the dressing room – something which he and players like Harry Winks strongly deny.
Nonetheless, former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Mourinho – who has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last December – is keeping an eye on the situation, as he would consider the offer if Tottenham wanted him.
The 56-year-old has already turned down offers from China and his native Portugal, as he is waiting for the right opportunity. And according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are one of two clubs he would be open to working for.
The other is Real Madrid, where he previously won La Liga once in a three-year spell, maintaining a good relationship with owner Florentino Perez.
However, if Mourinho was to take over at Spurs, Pochettino would first have to leave, and it is claimed that the club are not planning to sack him. Furthermore, if another club wanted to buy Pochettino out of his contract – with Man Utd and Real Madrid linked – it would cost them £32m, which is beyond what they want to pay.
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