Mauricio Pochettino is planning an emotional homecoming to Tottenham this summer if Antonio Conte departs the club.
Spurs fired the Argentine in 2019 following a dismal run that ended in their Champions League final loss to Liverpool, but he has been open about his desire for a second shot.
This week, Sportsmail claimed that Conte is increasingly likely to leave his position at the conclusion of the season. His contract expires in June, and the Spurs have the option to extend it for another year, but insiders say there is little interest in doing so.
The squad is now only competing in one cup competition: the Champions League, where they trail 1-0 after the first leg against AC Milan and will play the second leg at home on Wednesday night.
Off the field, the Italian has had a rough season. He had gallbladder surgery and has missed a few games while recovering. He has also been grieving the losses of fitness instructor Gian Piero Ventrone and close pals Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gianluca Vialli.
With teams in Italy reportedly targeting Conte this summer, Pochettino now has Tottenham in his sights, according to The Times, after maintaining strong relations with chairman Daniel Levy.
The two had a tight connection during Pochettino’s five-year tenure in north London, which began in 2014, and the Argentine is one of the candidates Tottenham are considering to replace Conte, according to the source.
Pochettino is a well choice as manager since he built strong bonds with fans and plays exciting, attacking football. According to rumors, he continues to reside in the Hertfordshire house he formerly grew up when managing Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino is planning a dramatic return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
But, Pochettino’s hiring may face criticism from sports director Fabio Paratici, whose previous two managers, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, both used a back three, whereas Pochettino prefers a back four.
Following the team’s FA Cup elimination by Sheffield United, Tottenham supporters’ complaints about Conte’s foul style of play became more harsh.
Pochettino has only had one job since leaving Tottenham, an 18-month stint at PSG, when he won Ligue 1 and the Cup de France before being fired following a dismal Champions League campaign.