Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that he believes Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has already made the decision not to hire Mauricio Pochettino in the wake of Antonio Conte leaving the club.

The club announced that Conte had departed his role as head coach yesterday after a week of speculation suggesting the Italian’s reign would come to an end imminently (Telegraph).

Mauricio Pochettino

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This comes after the 53-year-old made highly critical comments in his last press conference (Football.London) on the back of a disappointing 3-3 draw against Southampton.

Conte had described his players as ‘seflish’ and also appeared to call out the ambition of the club’s owners.

Former Spurs boss Pochettino has long been linked with a return to the club since leaving PSG last summer (Sky Sports News) and has himself been open about how keen he is to manage Tottenham again (The Times).

With Conte leaving the club, it will be Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason who will take charge of first-team affairs until the end of the current campaign.

This decision has been made despite the fact Pochettino is unemployed and available to take over.

Redknapp suggests this means Levy and the Spurs board have already rejected a Pochettino return.

He said: “Right now they’ve got ten games to go, they’ll be scrambling around.

“They’ve come to a decision to keep the people that were already at the club in charge and not gone for a Mauricio Pochettino, which I think a lot of people felt might have been a good idea to get them across the line and try and get them that top four place.

“So what that tells you is that Daniel Levy doesn’t really think he’s the right man for the club going forward.”

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I think Redknapp might be right. Surely, with Pochettino seemingly ready and raring to give it another go at Spurs, we could have hired him immediately if we wanted to.

The fact we’ve not taken him back now suggests we will be looking at other options in the summer.

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