A huge name has emerged as the favourite to replace the increasingly-beleaguered Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. The man in question? Jose Mourinho.
Following the 7-2 Champions League humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich (the first time Tottenham have ever conceded seven goals at home), the pressure on Pochettino is beginning to mount.
Tottenham now sit third in their group, with hopes of qualifying for the knockout round still alive and valid, but their minus five goal difference following the defeat could prove to be vital at the final reckoning.
The Argentine has cut a frustrated figure in the campaign thus far, with a number of key players such as Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen entering the final years of their deals and a series of reports emerging in the media talking of ‘unrest‘ and ‘agendas‘.
Pochettino has made no secret of his desire to one day manage Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, and with Zinedine Zidane also experiencing early-season turbulence, that opportunity may arise sooner than anticipated.
Now an article from English newspaper the Daily Mail has revealed that ex-Chelsea and Manchester United head honcho Jose Mourinho has been installed as the 3/1 favourite to assume the reins at the new White Hart Lane.
The Portuguese master-manager has been out of the managerial game since his firing from the Red Devils in 2018, with criticism often levelled at him that his tactics were outdated and he had become yesterday’s man.
Despite this, however, the Old Trafford trophy cabinet remained well-stocked under Mourinho, with an EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield secured during his two-and-a-half-year stint.
Meanwhile, the wait for a trophy at Tottenham has surpassed the decade mark since they lifted the EFL Cup in 2008, this barren stretch perhaps being a key indicator in why Mourinho has been touted as favourite.
The next three managers listed in line as potential replacements are Italian Massimiliano Allegri (5/1), Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (6/1) and Leciester supremo Brendan Rodgers (10/1).
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