Tottenham’s interest in Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag and why Antonio Conte may struggle


JuhQman: “Do you reckon that with both Conte and Zidane available, PSG would be more inclined to let Poch go? Also, if Poch were to re-sign, how would it affect the rebuild that is bound to happen this window?”

Alasdair says: “Everything depends on how willing PSG are to let Pochettino go and perhaps how their fans feel about the Argentine. It’s certainly not a done deal in any shape or form. I wouldn’t rule Conte out of the Tottenham job either or Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who has similar characteristics to Pochettino.

“The Real Madrid job becoming available is also going to be tempt a lot of people. I’m not sure how tempting PSG would be to Zidane as a Marseille-born man. There’s a fair bit of rivalry there. As for a Spurs rebuild, it all depends on where the money comes from.”


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DarrenDilly: “If you had to decide who to take between Conte and Poch who would you choose and who do you believe is more realistic?”

Alasdair says: “Interesting one! I think in Spurs‘ current state Pochettino is the right man to get the best out of what is there, with a few modest additions. He’s proved that before and as a man he’s refreshed and more experienced after 18 months away from the club. Conte is a top class manager with league titles to his name, but everywhere he’s gone he’s needed expensive squads assembled and if he can’t do that at Tottenham it feels very similar to the Mourinho appointment. One done for the lustre but perhaps not suited to the situation.”

Olliestruthers: “Will Pochettino want guarantees about buying/ getting rid of players if he considers joining Spurs?”

Rob says: “I think whichever manager comes in will want assurances over the transfer plans and Pochettino will be exactly the same. He made it clear last time that the club needed a “painful” rebuild and Levy may now realise that after watching the team miss out on the top four in the past two seasons. If Pochettino comes back then I think you have to back him in the transfer market because he can work wonders if he gets the right players in.”

Suyog_Rajbhandari: “Now that Conte available, is he our top priority? Will we go for him?”

Alasdair says: “I think Poch is the top priority personally but how gettable he is is another thing. I wouldn’t rule out Conte or Ten Hag though. It will be interesting to see whether Real Madrid go for Conte and perhaps even Poch.”

DarrenDilly: “Would the appointment of Conte or Poch have a direct effect on Kane wanting to leave?”

Alasdair says: “It’s tough to know really. If Kane wants a new challenge then neither will likely make a difference in changing his mind. However, Spurs don’t want to sell him and then it becomes about the next manager being able to keep him on track and progressing despite any potential disappointment he might have.”

mjl98: “Are we going to make contact with Conte?”

Rob says: “I think it’s one Daniel Levy and the club really need to think about given he is now available after parting with Inter Milan. However, the Real Madrid job is now available and the Italian may well have eyes on that position following Zinedine Zidane’s exit. Levy and Spurs just need to appoint the best man for the job as they need to get back on track after two poor seasons.”

andriuza: “Would you like Antonio Conte as new Tottenham manager, personally? How would you feel about it?”

Rob says: “I think Antonio Conte is a great manager and I’m sure he would do an excellent job at Tottenham if appointed. However, I don’t see him as one for the long-term future as he only lasted two seasons at Chelsea and the same with Inter Milan. Tottenham don’t want to become a club who are constantly looking for a new manager every couple of years as they could really do with some stability after two really disappointing campaigns.”

Otj99: “Are we still in the race for Sabitzer?”

Alasdair says: “He’s a player the club certainly like but ultimately the new manager will have the final say.”

dfreeburn: “Are the club actually looking at Conte, as a report came out that he was interested?”

Alasdair says: “He will certainly be of interest to Tottenham. A manager with his pedigree and being free and available will automatically be. Whether he’s right for Spurs in this moment is another thing, but that’s just my opinion.”

JamieStein: “I want to know if Poch was to come back or any manager in fact, do you think they will have more say on transfers?”

Rob says: “I think if Mauricio Pochettino is to come back then he will want assurances from Daniel Levy over certain things at Spurs. If the chairman gets a second chance to work with the Argentine then he needs to back him in the transfer market because the club need to get back on track.”

Fernandes10: “Do you think Poch would pick spurs over Madrid if we’re to believe he isn’t settled in Paris or is Madrid too big a move to turn down again ?

Rob says: “Only Pochettino knows the answer to that. Managing at PSG has been a very different experience compared to Spurs and it would be exactly the same at Real Madrid. The Real job isn’t exactly one for the long-term future as he could quite easily be on the lookout for another position after a few months if things don’t go well. He may believe that Spurs are the better fit for him rather than opting for one of the biggest jobs in world football.”



Tottenham Hotspur could welcome Mauricio Pochettino back to the club (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur could welcome Mauricio Pochettino back to the club (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Fiacconi23: “If Poch does end up coming back to the club, do you think he and his coaching team will have more control over incoming and outgoing transfers?”

Alasdair says: “I’d be stunned if he doesn’t look for certain assurances about what this summer will bring before making any decision about his future, particularly if he were to leave a club that can buy most players they want.”

J_London: “If Poch wants to come and Levy wants to bring him in but PSG refuse to let him go, can you imagine Poch requesting to terminate his contract to force a move?”

Alasdair says: “I can’t to be honest. He’s an honourable chap when it comes to stuff like that is Poch and I just can’t seem him resigning from a contract. PSG would have to let him go.”

Motasanai: “Is Graham Potter completely out of the conversation now?”

Alasdair says: “He’s certainly someone Spurs like but he does not appear to be among the top choices.”

elliotc11: “How many players do you expect to be sold and how many brought in?”

Rob says: “Tough one. That’s essentially going to be down to manager but it’s clear that the squad needs refreshing. The availability of funds is going to have a big say on how many come in as Tottenham are going to need to sell so that they can bring players in. However, it’s going to be a tough market to operate in with many clubs not exactly having bundles of cash at present due to limited revenue coming in over the past year.”

Gatsby90: “Will Danny Rose be granted a testimonial?”

Alasdair says: “It seems too late for that unfortunately unless the club announce something over the summer. It’s such a shame how it all ended for Rose. He was one of the top left-backs in Europe before that knee injury and it’s all gone downhill since. He wasted a whole season of his career this campaign. I would imagine it won’t be long until we get some rather honest interviews as well.”

Steve Sharpe: “Bit sad to see Jack Roles, George Marsh and Sterling all let go today. Thought they might at least turn into people who we could sell on to championship clubs. Is this another sign that even those with promise don’t always make it?”

Alasdair says: “They’ve all had real moments of promise in recent years but for one reason or another it just didn’t kick on for them at Tottenham. Roles and Sterling have had tough times on loan this season, the former even more so, and Marsh needed another loan after his Leyton Orient experience, but nothing was forthcoming. I hope they all go on to forge a professional career for themselves and I’m sure if they work hard enough they will.”

Motasanai: “Considering we are on a budget, does it make sense to get a manager who plays a system that complements our team, perhaps Potter or Conte who use wing backs?”

Rob says: “Daniel Levy knows what type of manager he is after as he wants someone who is progressive, attack-minded and favours possession-based football. Spurs already have some very good players at the club and appointing the right man really could make a whole lot of difference given the quality in the squad. A few tweaks here and there could work wonders.”

Georgio2210: “What are the main hurdles of Pochettino coming back and if he was to, what type of project would it be, a short term contract like at PSG or his favoured five year project?”

Alasdair says: “I think Poch is a long-term project kind of man and that’s why PSG was always going to be an interesting fit for him. If he does return then it would be to start a new fresh longer term project at Spurs.”

TheRealMrFantastic: “Are Madrid interested in Poch and who would he pick between those two?”

Alasdair says: “Real Madrid can lure any manager but, and this is my personal opinion, I think moving from PSG to Real would be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire for Pochettino. His methods and his need to create a tight family unit within the club just aren’t that easy to replicate within huge clubs with plenty of internal politics. He needs time and you don’t get that in the Spanish capital.”

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Steve Sharpe: “Nice to see Klinsmann put his name into the ring. What would be your thoughts of him as a Spurs manager? Not someone who is being considered – any idea why? Is he not deemed good enough?”

Rob says: “It’s always nice to see club legends in charge of the team but I’m sure Daniel Levy would have contacted him by now if he wanted to appoint him. Klinsmann has been in and out of management since his first position back in 2004 and has only managed at club level twice. Spurs need someone with experience right now and I just don’t see the former striker as the right fit.”

92flamethrower: “Is a left-footed centre-back being targeted since Jan was never replaced?”

Rob says: “A left-footed centre-back would be ideal this summer as Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have never looked very comfortable there. Signing a player for that specific position would also give the backline much better balance and hopefully they do look at that when they try and strengthen in defence.”





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