Report reveals that Mourinho was not Levy’s first choice to replace Pochettino

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Dom Le Roy

According to reports from Italy, Jose Mourinho was not Daniel Levy’s first choice to replace Mauricio Pochettino in November as the Spurs chairman preferred a move for Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi.

Tottenham parted ways with Pochettino after the Lilywhites made a poor start to the season and were showing few signs of recovery.

Despite Spurs’ terrible run of form throughout 2019, the decision to sack the Argentine came as a shock to many, due to the success he had enjoyed during his five-and-a-half years in North London.

Italian publication Il Messaggero (as relayed by Sport Witness) reported today that Levy initially had his eyes set on Inzaghi, who has been responsible for Lazio’s rise over recent years.

In fact, the club currently sits second in the Serie A table, just a point behind league leaders Juventus. As it happened, Inzaghi ended up staying at Lazio and Spurs appointed the proven Jose Mourinho instead.

However, the report claims that Spurs’ approach sent some alarm bells ringing for Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito, who is now said to be trying to tie Inzaghi down to a new contract.

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I really admire the work Inzaghi has done at Lazio and appointing him would have given the team more continuity as he employs a similar style to Pochettino. However, since he is unproven outside Italy, it would also have been a much bigger gamble on Daniel Levy’s part.

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