Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has issued his verdict on the recent speculation that Spurs will move for England boss Gareth Southgate, should Mauricio Pochettino leave at the end of the season.
Pochettino has recently been linked with the Real Madrid job currently occupied by Zinedine Zidane (The Mirror), as pressure is said to be mounting on the Frenchman despite Los Blancos topping the La Liga table after seven games as the only unbeaten Spanish top-flight side.
Spurs are reportedly preparing for the potential loss of their Argentine head coach (Daily Star), though, as Pochettino admitted before the Champions League final against Liverpool that he could leave the North London outfit.
Tottenham’s sluggish start to the new Premier League campaign is not expected to see chairman Daniel Levy fire Pochettino, but it is looking increasingly likely that the key Spurs figure will walk away at the end of his sixth year.
Southgate’s name is now said to be at the top of Tottenham’s shortlist for potential replacements if Pochettino does call time next summer, as the Three Lions head coach has close ties with several of the Spurs first-team including Harry Kane, Deli Alli, Harry Winks and Eric Dier.
Former Tottenham defender Roberts, who won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup during his lengthy spell in North London (TransferMarkt), has appeared to dismiss the idea of Southgate replacing Pochettino, however.
On Twitter, the 60-year-old noted: “Good, but people jump on the band wagon.”
Good but people jump on the band wagon
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) September 29, 2019
Pochettino may have been instrumental in guiding Tottenham in their progress from being a side who challenged for European qualification to earning it on a yearly basis, but the Argentine would appear to have a clock counting down on his tenure at Spurs.
Should he leave, appointing someone like Southgate may not be too bad of an idea for Levy to explore, as the England boss’ work on the international scene helped in the rebirth of the Three Lions following a tepid period with Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce, briefly, in charge.
It would remain to be seen if Southgate would call time on his England days to make a return to league management, but an enquiry can do no harm if the position is vacant, even if not everyone – like Roberts – is supportive of the prospect right now.
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