Reports out of Hotspur Way that key individuals within the club are vying for Mauricio Pochettino’s return are surfacing, sending shockwaves across the club.
The report via the Independent merely states that some influential figures within Tottenham’s ranks have made clear their desire to approach Pochettino for an imminent return to the club. It would represent an audacious attempt to convince the Argentine to return to the club where he was abruptly released less than two years ago.
It represents the most outlandish, improbable, development in Tottenham’s hunt for a new manager. While Daniel Levy, at this point, would in an instant go crawling back to Pochettino, it’s highly unlikely the chairman’s desperation would be reciprocated by the Argentine.
Pochettino was never provided the autonomy he required to push Spurs to the next level. He was adamant the club needed to rebuild through a more robust, concerted, long-term transfer policy. He also wanted to continually develop talent from the youth ranks, like he did when he arrived at the club.
But Levy ignored Pochettino’s advice, sweeping it — like most other issues at the club — under the rug. All of those issues, like any problem left to fester, have since resurfaced, making Tottenham’s imminent rebuild all the more desperate.
While Pochettino has endured a mixed first season at PSG, it is highly unlikely he’d again fall for Levy’s empty promises and garish advances. Spurs supporters want more than ever to see the Messiah return, as Pochettino has everything the club needs to turn things dramatically around.
The project will invariably take time and patience, but having Pochettino back at the helm would provide supporters hope for the future they so fiercely crave. At this point, though, the chances of Pochettino returning to Spurs immediately are astronomically low.
The old adage goes, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” Pochettino knows acutely how Levy conducts his business behind the scenes at the club, making his return to Tottenham all the more unlikely.
Even if Spurs were able to match PSG and Pochettino’s financial demands, for now his immediate return feels like a pipe dream. But in this crazy modern era, I suppose anything is possible.
In theory, especially considering how severely Levy’s relationship with supporters has deteriorated in recent months, the surprise move makes perfect sense. Levy knows he needs a miracle to regain supporters’ trust.
Pochettino could be Levy’s miracle, and not for the first time. We all know the Argentine is more than capable of pulling off miracles, so maybe one more isn’t too farfetched.
For now, though, it’s a nice, albeit whimsical thought, one every Tottenham supporter in the world should be hoping somehow, against all odds, becomes reality.