According to a report by the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur could now make a final attempt to bring ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino back to north London.
The Lowdown: Big blow emerges…
The 51-year-old emerged as a clear frontrunner for the job and, at one stage, there were some reports suggesting it was even a ‘done deal’.
However, after a breakdown in discussions, it appears Tottenham are now back to square one as the manager hunt continues.
The Latest: Spurs could now swoop for Pochettino…
Pochettino was a prime target for Spurs before the talks with Conte, but difficulty in prising him away from current club Paris-Saint Germain prompted the Lilywhites to look elsewhere.
After a fresh managerial blow, Tottenham could now make a final attempt for the Argentine as the Evening Standard shares this news.
The 49-year-old was previously in charge at Spurs from between 2014-2019, with chairman Daniel Levy sacking him at the end of a five-year reign.
Pochettino managed to guide Spurs to their first ever Champions League final, in which they were soundly defeated by Liverpool.
The Verdict: Perfect candidate but a battle awaits…
You could argue he is the perfect remaining candidate for Spurs if you’re going by Levy’s checklist for a new boss, as revealed in his annual end of season letter to supporters.
He has also drawn noted praise from former Lilywhites players, with ex-goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes telling ESPN Brasil (via Sport Witness) that Pochettino is a ‘football genius’.
Despite being sold by Pochettino, ex-Spurs winger Andros Townsend recently lavished a considerably large amount of praise on the PSG boss too.
Indeed, speaking to talkSPORT, Townsend called the Spurs managerial target ‘the very best’ in world football.
If Spurs can land him, he would undoubtedly be a coup, but PSG remain a huge obstacle.
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