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The rational case behind a Mauricio Pochettino reunion at Tottenham

The rational case behind a Mauricio Pochettino reunion at Tottenham

Ah, Tottenham Hotspur, there’s always something going on, isn’t there?

Spurs’ season has unravelled at the seam over the last 10 days. FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Championship side Sheffield United was bad enough, a meek Champions League elimination to AC Milan earlier this week took understandable hysteria over the top.

Wednesday night’s atmosphere was the third truly mutinous occasion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since inauguration. The first saw 10,000 returning fans chant for chairman Daniel Levy to leave in May 2021, before 50,000 more turned on head coach Nuno Espirito Santo five months later for a questionable substitution.

When Antonio Conte – his side desperately in need of a goal to save their season, but having just been reduced to ten men – looked back at his bench on Wednesday night and felt compelled to replace forward Dejan Kulusevski with centre-back Davinson Sanchez, palpable apathy turned into vocal hostility.

Boos echoed and bounced off the walls, an arena specifically designed to amplify acoustics created a bowl of bitterness.

Perhaps more startlingly were the chants which followed. Those unmistakable Pilot lyrics were firstly sparse, but come full-time, they were reverberating through the stadium’s bowels, screamed into the night sky along Tottenham High Road.

“He’s magic, you know, Mauricio Pochettino! He’s magic, you know, Mauricio Pochettino!”


For the first time since his departure in 2019, Pochettino’s name was sung to the north London heavens.

90min understands he would be interested in returning to Tottenham. It’s now a matter of when Conte vacates his post rather than if.

There are other names Spurs are considering for the post – Luis Enrique has been linked to the job, while Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi and Brentford’s Thomas Frank are also admired.

The noise around Pochettino has quietened back down a bit over the last 48 hours, but he remains a viable candidate. The big problem, however, is losing yourself in the theatre of it all and seeing it as a marriage of convenience, a re-coupling of desperation. As 90min’s Jack Gallagher once said, “Emotionally, Spurs fans are four pints deep at all times. Pochettino is a perfect fit for that.”

But there would be some method behind the madness of going back to an ex.

Let’s reassign the name of the club Pochettino managed between 2014 and 2019. Say it were a side of similar stature to Spurs – a Roma, a Valencia, somewhere between a Borussia Dortmund and an RB Leipzig. He guided…

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