Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been relieved to hear of the manager activity coming out of Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent weeks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have all but sealed his permanent appointment after beating PSG 3-0 away from home to qualify for the Champions League quarters, as well as boasting an incredible Premier League record.
Real Madrid may have sacked their manager this season, but instead of attempting to lure Pochettino away from North London, they have instead re-appointment Zinedine Zidane at the helm.
This means that Poch will surely be staying at Tottenham for at least one more season, something that should relieve Spurs supporters.
However, journalist Duncan Castles has been speaking up Jose Mourinho’s admiration of Tottenham Hotspur this week, even claiming that it would be a big attraction if Pochettino was no longer there.
He did cite wages and English reputation, as well as Pochettino as reasons that Mourinho has zero chance of getting the job as it stands though.
He said (Daily Star): “I think there’s no doubt that Jose Mourinho has a lot of respect for Tottenham Hotspur as a football club.
“He considers them to have one of the best squads in England, certainly one of the best first teams.
“You go through his interviews and you can see him going through the quality of players Tottenham have and how clever they were in retaining their top players for the season.
“Even though they didn’t do anything in the transfer market, their real success was to keep Kane, Eriksen, Son for the campaign in Mourinho’s view.
“It’s in London where his family home is, so there’s a big attraction there.
“The problems, of course, are would Tottenham be able to pay the kind of salary Mourinho is used to earning and would probably expect in his next job?
“Would Daniel Levy be prepared to hire a man whose reputation has been damaged in England with what has happened to him at the club and who is popular with the majority of the football media and will for sure, as soon as something appears in his public statements or behaviour which is seen as ammunition to attack him, be immediately attacked in a way a new manager coming into England will not receive.
“But I think the most fundamental problem is there would have to be a vacancy. And I think it’s fairly clear now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to become the permanent manager of Manchester United. Therefore, that job is out for Pochettino. You could see him having the possibility of going across London to Chelsea, there’d be an invitation there for him next season – but why would you want to do that given the problems there are at Chelsea and the friction involved in trying to make such a move?
“Until Pochettino’s situation is resolved, and we know Pochettino is agitating to go elsewhere, but until he’s actually out of the club, I think the possibility of Mourinho going to Tottenham is zero.
“However, the question’s a valid one because it is a position that is of interest to him.”
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