Garth Crooks has told Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy that he should sack Cristian Stellini now and install Mauricio Pochettino as his new manager before the season is over.

Tottenham are currently looking for a new permanent manager after Antonio Conte departed from his role at the end of last month.

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His former assistant manager, Cristian Stellini, is in charge of first-team affairs at Spurs until the end of the current campaign, with help from Ryan Mason.

Things have not gone well so far for Stellini, who has presided over a disappointing draw away at Everton and a defeat against Bournemouth this weekend. The Italian did beat Brighton in the Lilywhites’ previous game, but was also sent off in that game.

The Tottenham fanbase is growing ever more frustrated with what they are seeing on the pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, and with just seven games to go, a top-four finish is looking increasingly unlikely for Spurs.

While a report from The Athletic suggests Levy is not considering rehiring Mauricio Pochettino, Crooks has told BBC Sport that the Spurs chairman has to bring in the Argentine.

He said: “This can’t go on. Tottenham’s season is falling apart.

“They have sacked Antonio Conte for telling the truth about his team and the culture of the club, and installed coach Cristian Stellini as interim manager because chairman Daniel Levy hasn’t got a clue what to do next.

“Well, permit me to give him a little advice: install Mauricio Pochettino immediately to bolster the fans and reassure the players on a contract until the end of the season.

“If he can secure Spurs a top-four spot he gets a big, fat bonus and a two-year contract and enough time to win a trophy or he’s gone. Is that difficult?”

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The season is becoming an absolute write-off at this point, and it almost feels like it’s beyond saving really.

Even if we did bring in Poch now, would he really be able to turn things around in just seven games? I guess he couldn’t do much worse.

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