With the news that Chelsea may end up hiring Mauricio Pochettino as their permanent head coach, the Blues may have done Tottenham Hotspur a favor or maybe even two.
Having been through three permanent head coaches since Pochettino was last in charge of Tottenham in 2018, returning to the Poch era’s stability is comforting. However, with the news that Chelsea is likely usurping Spurs to the hiring of Pochettino, the idea of the Argentine again roaming Spurs’ sidelines seems lost, at least for now. Chelsea may be doing Tottenham a favor or even two with this move.
Tottenham manager search changes with Pochettino off the market
Let’s face it, the search for the next Spurs manager will vastly differ this summer if Mauricio is available as a gaffer. If Poch is available as a free agent manager, there will always be a portion of the Spurs fanbase – particularly the younger generation – that will pine for his hire. Maybe worse, some of the Pochettino loyalists will even work to tear down other coaches, which creates more of the infighting we Spurs fans are famous for.
However, if Chelsea does indeed kick Lampard to the curb – his results suggest nothing less – and hires Pochettino immediately, there is not much any backers of Poch can say. It was a different dialog when Pochettino was coaching PSG. The French club was in a different league, across the channel and had little history with Tottenham. Alternatively, Chelsea is one of our most bitter London rivals, along with Arsenal.
Pining for the current coach of Chelsea is poor form, even if that coach is Pochettino. If he is off the market, the landscape of the manager search changes for all of the Tottenham base. A post-Pochettino search where Pochettino is not the most discussed candidate will be a welcome reprieve for a weary fanbase and team that needs to start over. With starting over in mind, we should consider that maybe Chelsea did Spurs a second favor in all of this.