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Pochettino to return? Next Tottenham manager odds

By Ben Green

Published: 17:35, 27 May 2021

Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties as Tottenham Hotspur in April and the club are still on the hunt for a permanent replacement.

Mourinho, 58, replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 and initially signed a contract until the end of the 2023 campaign, making Tottenham his third club in the Premier League.

The Portuguese guided Spurs to sixth in his first season but left north London with the club seventh in the Premier League table and unlikely to qualify for the Champions League. While the Lilywhites are still searching for his replacement, Mourinho has been confirmed as the manager of AS Roma from next season.

The likes of Erik ten Hag and Julian Nagelsmann were originally thought to top Daniel Levy’s managerial wishlist, but the former is leaving RB Leipzig to join Bayern Munich next season, while the latter has signed a new deal with Ajax.

But in a sensational U-turn, it now looks as if Spurs will be bringing Pochettino back to north London. The Argentine tactician was finally able to break his managerial silverware duck with PSG, lifting Coupe de France and Trophee des Champions titles. But the Parisians were pipped to the Ligue 1 title by Lille on the final day.

Pochettino is thought to be unhappy with the politics involved with PSG behind the scenes and, according to football.london, has already held talks with Tottenham, seemingly keen on a return to the club he guided to the Champions League final in 2019.

Should he join, Pochettino will have an extremely busy in-tray, with Harry Kane’s future and what to do with loanee Gareth Bale top of the agenda.

Next Permanent Tottenham Manager (via Sky Bet)

Following Julian Nagelsmann’s summer move to Bayern Munich, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag became the favourite among some bookies to take the vacant post (though he has recently signed a new deal with the Dutch club. But all other names have been eclipsed by Pochettino, who is now priced at 1/2 to return to his old club. The likes of Antonio Conte, who has just left Inter, and recently departed Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo are also among the favourites.