In a startling turn of events, Real Madrid has decided on Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager, a move that is close to being confirmed, leaving the door wide open for a Mauricio Pochettino return to Tottenham.
The Guardian reports that the only impediment left for Madrid to land their man is an agreement of compensation to Everton. Madrid kept their interest in Ancelotti tight-lipped, as most people thought Pochettino and Raul, after Antonio Conte was ruled out, were the lead candidates for the role.
But in a plot line that has more twists and turns than a Coronation Street Omnibus, Pochettino has once again become Tottenham’s lead candidate.
Of course PSG and Conte will have something to say about that, with the French club expecting to try and prevent the Argentine’s prospective move to Tottenham. Still, Daniel Levy has a more open path to Pochettino with his “dream job” at Madrid being all but ruled out.
The debate rages on on as to whether Tottenham should hire Pochettino or Conte, but this much is clear: Tottenham now have fewer hurdles to leap to access both lead candidates. But most, including Football.london, believe Pochettino is still the frontrunner.
Spurs need to convince PSG and Pochettino the move is right for all parties. Financial compensation will play a massive role in Tottenham’s ability to pry Pochettino away from PSG, especially after only five months in charge in the French capital.
It’s been over six weeks since Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho, but an end in their quest to find a new manager appears to be coming to a climax.
I’d be surprised if Spurs don’t secure their next manager’s signature prior to the start of the Euros, but there are still a lot of t’s to cross and I’s to dot before that becomes reality.