Graham Roberts has played down the chances of Mauricio Pochettino returning to Tottenham as he thinks he wouldn’t work well with sporting director Fabio Paratici.
For the second time in the space of just six months, the north London giants are searching for a new manager following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo less than 48 hours after Spurs were beaten by Manchester United.
But Pochettino is always likely to get a mention after the expectational job he did during his five-and-a-half years at the club between 2014 and 2019 and the connection he has with the Tottenham faithful.
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However, Roberts doesn’t believe that the Argentine would be given full control by Paratici.
What did Roberts say?
When asked if Pochettino could be the next Tottenham manager, he told GIVEMESPORT: “It all depends, he’ll want a few factors, I’m just guessing, but he picks the players, he does all the things, but when you’ve got Paratici in there, I don’t think it’s going to happen somehow and he wants a four-year deal, so we will have to wait and see.”
How did Pochettino do at Tottenham?
The 49-year-old is simply the best manager Spurs have had in the modern era. Despite failing to get the club over the line and taste success in terms of silverware, he completely transformed the club.
Pochettino not only got Tottenham back into the Champions League but made them top-four regulars, reached countless domestic semi-finals and finals and the Champions League final in his final full season.
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It might have ended sourly just months after he broke the club’s record transfer fee in signing Tanguy Ndombele, but the strides he made in making Tottenham genuine challengers and reuniting the fan base cannot be overlooked.
Pochettino has since become the manager of PSG, although he failed to win the French title in his first season and is already under pressure this term despite his side sitting eight points clear at the top.
He previously spoke about his desire to one day manage Tottenham again, but this doesn’t feel like that moment.
Who’s likely to replace Nuno?
Once the news of Nuno’s departure was confirmed by Tottenham earlier on Monday morning, there was only one name being mentioned and that was Conte.
However, Daniel Levy and Paratici have been here before and failed to convince the Italian to take the reins.
But after the disastrous process that saw Nuno appointed after months of uncertainty followed by his shocking three-month spell in the dugout, Tottenham are more desperate than ever, especially with the gap to the top-four getting bigger with every passing week, so it feels like a now or never moment for Levy.