In a recent episode of The Done Deal Show, journalist Dean Jones has shared his thoughts on the current managerial situation at Tottenham Hotspur, and explained why he thinks some people want Mauricio Pochettino back at the club.
Pochettino took over the reins at Tottenham back in the summer of 2014 and enjoyed a fairly successful spell with the club in his five-year stint. With 160 wins from 293 games (Transfermarkt), Pochettino’s win percentage of 54.6% is a respectable output indeed.
Not only that, but the free-flowing, exciting football he implemented during his tenure, and his penchant for developing young talent won him plenty of admirers at the club and Pochettino became a firm fan favourite.
The highlight of Pochettino’s time at Spurs was the incredible run to the Champions League final in 2019, where the Lilywhites were defeated by Liverpool. That was ironically the beginning of the end for Pochettino, who would be sacked roughly six months later.
With Antonio Conte’s contract situation up in the air, there has been talk of a sensational return to Tottenham for Pochettino should the Italian refuse to commit his future to the club (90 Min). Jones has been speaking about why the talk surrounding Pochettino is so prominent right now.
He said: “They need to find some harmony within the club. That’s the impression I get why so many people that work at Tottenham are so keen on the idea of Pochettino returning. It was such a nice environment, it was such a good place.
“I spent a lot of time actually at the Tottenham training ground when Poch was there. He’d walk around with a smile on his face, he’d make people feel welcome. I doubt it’s the same under Conte, it doesn’t sound like it’s the same. I think people want to feel differently to how they’re genuinely being made to feel.”
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I’m sure it was a more friendly atmosphere at Tottenham when Pochettino was there, because he is by nature a more gentle and agreeable person than Antonio Conte, it seems. But that doesn’t necessarily mean things were better. This club has needed some tough love and someone to tell it how it is, and Conte has done that.
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