Mauricio Pochettino is open to the idea of a second spell in charge of Tottenham Hotspur if he leaves Paris Saint-Germain and the position becomes vacant, it is claimed.
Pochettino was in charge of Tottenham between 2014 and 2019. The pinnacle of his time in charge was reaching the Champions League final in his last full season. Overall, he made Spurs steady contenders in the top four – something that cannot be said of them since.
Tottenham finished sixth and then seventh in the seasons after Pochettino’s exit. They look on course to miss out on a top-four finish again this year.
There have been doubts over the position of their current coach Antonio Conte. He only took charge earlier this season, but his ambition may lead him away.
Rumours have persisted of discontent with the club’s transfer dealings. In public, though, Conte insists he is happy at Tottenham, who have him under contract for another season.
But reports recently surfaced claiming that he has a clause that would allow him to walk away this summer. What’s more, becoming the next PSG boss may be appealing to him.
Coincidentally, that role is currently held by Pochettino himself. However, the Argentine is under pressure following a failure to win the Ligue 1 title last season and elimination from the Champions League in the Round of 16 this time around.
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If he is dismissed, PSG have Conte on their shortlist. In turn, Football Insider are now claiming that Pochettino would welcome a return to Tottenham.
The online outlet relays that Pochettino is still in “regular contact” with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. They also claim he would “jump at the chance” to reclaim his former role.
Pochettino to swap jobs with Conte?
Like Conte, Pochettino is under contract until 2023. Therefore, Football Insider verify that a “remarkable job swap” could be on the cards.
Interestingly, it is not the first time Tottenham have considered a manager swap. Last summer, they considered appointing former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca to replace Jose Mourinho, who had taken the job in Italy.
That deal fell through, leading to the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo. That did not work out for Tottenham, so they convinced Conte to take the reins. How long he will remain there is still unclear, though.
Getting Pochettino back as a replacement would likely appease the Tottenham fans who have fond memories of his work with the club.
It would also come as a blow to fellow Premier League side Manchester United. They have been keeping Pochettino on their shortlist of manager targets as they prepare for a summer appointment.
Only time will tell if that affects Tottenham’s potential plans with Pochettino, and what his stance would be on the Old Trafford job now.