Report: Spurs could go for former Chelsea boss if Poch leaves for Man Utd

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Dom Le Roy

Speculation has been running rife linking Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino with the managerial vacancy at Manchester United since Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday.

The Old Trafford outfit have appointed former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the interim manager until the end of the season in order to steady the ship.

While several names have been linked with the Man Utd job, Pochettino seems to be the favorite for the role with several former United players coming out in the press and naming the Tottenham manager as their preferred choice.

The Tottenham manager himself has not flatly denied the speculation and has instead chosen to remain coy about it.

The Express has run a story claiming that Pochettino is keen on taking over at Man Utd and that Tottenham would turn to Antonio Conte to replace him at the end of the season.

Conte, who is joint-favorite with the bookies along with Eddie Howe to take over at Tottenham if Pochettino leaves, masterminded a title win at Chelsea two seasons ago, pipping Tottenham by a few points. The Italian was subsequently sacked after the 17-18 season owing to Chelsea’s poor league showing that year.

Conte will be an astute appointment since he knows the league well and is one of the few big names who is without a job at present. However, one drawback could be the fact that Conte’s teams don’t play the ‘Spurs way’ as the Italian prefers to set his teams up in a pragmatic fashion.

It remains to be seen if there is any truth to these rumours but at this point, Conte certainly seems to be one of the favorites for the Tottenham job if Pochettino decides that his future lies in Manchester.

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  1. What makes you and anyone else for that matter, think that Pochettino doesn’t like and thrive in the limelight? The man said himself only last week that he likes the adulation and attention the press are giving him (being linked with Real Madrid and Manure) because it means that he’s doing things right. Everyone knows that he’s building a superb team and lifting the club back up to where it once was, at the top of the tree and doing all this on a shoe string budget by comparison to others (Levy please give the man more funds).
    The rest are looking on at Spurs and our manager in particular with envy. The toe rags in the press and pundits alike, cant understand it. Magic.
    Pochettino has told any and everyone who cares to listen that he is in the middle of a project at Spurs and we’re ahead of schedule. The board has given him a free hand to do so and has a direct link to the chairman without any director of football to intervene and interfere. The man is creating a legacy within the club, the players and fans alike are on his side, we have bought into him and he has bought into us so why would he now walk away from the monster he is creating? Especially to join another competitor in the EPL who happens to be in total disarray, believe that they have an entitlement to success and currently lie 13 points behind us.
    Those old enough to remember that prior to Ferguson, Manure were a shambles of a club who were going nowhere and relegated. It took Ferguson nearly 4 years (almost sacked) before he got that club up to scratch and like Ferguson during his time at Manure, Pochettino can bring success to SPURS and in doing so, build a lasting legacy at SPURS.
    Do you believe that Pochettino is a liar, just another scheming mercenary without any integrity using Spurs as a stepping stone to perceived bigger and better things? He could have gone to Real Madrid (the most famous and successful football club outside these shores and to the rest of the World) but turned them down apparently and signed a new 5 year contract at SPURS.
    I could be completely wrong about Pochettino but I genuinely feel that he’s a man of his word and will be at Spurs for the long haul in order to see the project he’s creating come to fruition. Once it’s completed, he may well think of moving on. At 46 years of age, he certainly has time on his side.
    Rant over.

  2. Give your head a shake! Pochettino, nor Zidane nor any other manager with a future, a potential and who is “in demand” will move to Man U. while Woodward is in charge. Further the festering diseasev which is Woodward has gone unchecked for so long that the rot is permeating the entire club. It’s a long way back. Just getting rid of Woodward is not enough. The entire structure he has created will need to be ripped out by the roots and disposed of. Not an easy fix.

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