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Mauricio Pochettino next job: Prime suitors rule themselves out of race to give Tottenham major boost amid Conte worry

Mauricio Pochettino managing Paris Saint-Germain

With Juventus trying to prize Antonio Conte away from Tottenham, the north London side have been given a major lift in the race for potential replacement Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine was in charge of Tottenham between July 2014 and November 2019. He created a fantastic team and got Tottenham playing some great football.

They finished second in the Premier League in 2016-17 under his guidance. Pochettino also took Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019, where they lost to English rivals Liverpool.

Ultimately, Pochettino couldn’t end the club’s trophy drought and this saw him lose his job. Chairman Daniel Levy sacked him partway through the 2019-20 campaign, bringing in legendary Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as his replacement.

Spurs are now managed by Conte, another former Chelsea head coach. He has taken them back into the UCL and appears to be enjoying his spell at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

However, a recent report from Calciomercato has put Conte’s future in doubt. They claim Juventus could take the Italian back to Turin amid their hunt for Max Allegri’s successor.

Juve know Conte’s Spurs contract only runs until the end of the season and are looking to pounce.

Spurs fans would hate to see the 53-year-old leave their club. He is doing a great job and has helped to formulate a team that can challenge for trophies.

Conte looks like the best man to help Spurs win their first trophy since 2008. So losing him would be a bitter blow for everyone involved with the side.

Mauricio Pochettino eyed as potential Conte successor

Reports claim Spurs might go after Pochettino if Conte does leave for the Serie A giants. Recently, though, Pochettino has been holding talks with another club.

They are Nice, who apparently met with the manager and his representatives on Tuesday.

As the discussions progressed, French outlet Foot Marseille claimed Pochettino is hoping to reunite with Hugo Lloris. This set up the possibility of a January raid on Spurs by Nice.

However, Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has quashed the rumours about Pochettino joining his club. During an interview with L’Equipe (via Goal), the chief said: “No one from the club has met or called Pochettino or his representatives.

“It’s disrespectful and undermines our current coach [Lucien Favre]. We will all work together with Lucien to recover as best we can from the bad start to the season. No ultimatum has been given to him.”

While this may come as a blow for Pochettino, who is looking to return to management, it will be welcomed by those at Spurs.

Should Conte opt to leave north London, then Pochettino may become Spurs’ best bet as they look to bring in a top-class replacement.

Pochettino, 50, has already shown he can get teams to compete in the Prem. Just look at what he did with Southampton and during his first spell with Spurs.

Should the Paris Saint-Germain player return to Spurs, then he just needs to help them win a trophy to please supporters and Levy.

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