Tottenham‘s former head of elite talent identification, David Webb, has said that the unpleasant nature of Mauricio Pochettino‘s divorce from Spurs may have been the reason why the Argentine has not returned to the club.
Although Pochettino worked wonders during his time in North London, things had soured towards the end as the team was struggling to pick up results and there were reports of discontent behind the scenes (The Sun).
One would have thought that those scars had long since healed, particularly since the Argentine himself has talked about wanting to return to the club one day (BT Sport).
However, reports have indicated that Tottenham did not even contact Pochettino regarding their managerial vacancy after Antonio Conte departed, which is alleged to have left the 51-year-old disappointed (talkSPORT).
Much to the consternation of some Spurs fans, it now appears only a matter of time before the former Tottenham manager is officially confirmed as the new Chelsea head coach (The Sun).
When asked if Pochettino’s acrimonious exit from N17 could have been a factor in his joining Spurs’ rivals, Webb has now told talkSPORT: “Yeah, and I think his experience of being in the Premier League and what he had to work with at Tottenham.
“Tottenham was never competing on the same realms of Man City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea in terms of spending power – even Arsenal.
“So it was an incredible job what he did there, Tottenham are still highly competitive in the transfer market, but nowhere near to those levels.
“So I think he would be looking at Chelsea’s squad, obviously they have an array of young talent, loads and loads of money spent.
“He’s very, very good with top, hungry young players. I think that would have been a massive appeal to him as well as he would be able to develop players which he did significantly at Southampton and Tottenham.
“So I think his experience now of going to PSG and working with world-class players has probably helped – definitely not hindered.
“I’m sure if it does materialise at Chelsea, they will get a fantastic manager.”
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The reality is that Pochettino would have jumped at the chance to return to Tottenham if the club had approached him.
For one reason or another, the Spurs hierarchy decided that it would not be the right move at this point and time will tell if it turns out to be a disastrous decision or the right one.
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