Former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to accept Tottenham Hotspur's offer if Antonio Conte leaves in the summer. The Argentine has been out of management since being sacked by the Parisians last summer.
Pochettino led PSG to the Ligue 1 title but the French giants' UEFA Champions League last 16 collapses led to his departure from the Parc des Princes. He has bided his time and awaits the right job offer.
Conte's contract with the Premier League club ends at the end of the current campaign, which has led to speculation over his future at Tottenham. Spurs fans have been moaning and groaning throughout the frustrating Italian-led season.
They are now fourth in the league, although their kind of football is not the most appealing. Moreover, they were eliminated from the FA Cup in the fifth round by Sheffield United of the EFL Championship.
If Conte decides to leave Tottenham when his contract expires, Pochettino will reportedly be open to hiring a replacement, according to the Times. The Argentine may be reunited with the Lilywhites after spending five impressive years in north London earlier.
Spurs reached the 2019 Champions League final under Pochettino's leadership as their coach from 2014 to 2019. In 293 games while in charge, he boasts a record of 160 victories. Harry Kane of Tottenham, who scored 169 goals in 242 games while playing for the Argentine, was a player he got along especially well with.
With the offensive attitude he adopted while at the club, Pochettino's return would be welcomed by Spurs supporters. Along with this, they want to hang onto Kane, and a chance to work with his old coach might be enough to win him over.
Before hiring Conte in 2021, Tottenham was interested in Christophe Galtier of PSG.
In November 2021, with Tottenham being in ninth place in the Premier League, Conte took over as manager from Nuno Espirito Santo. They appeared highly likely to be disqualified from the UEFA Champions League. They beat out rivals Arsenal from north London for fourth place, thanks to the Italian's outstanding campaign, nevertheless.
Conte might not have succeeded Santo, though. According to The Evening Standard, they monitored Galtier before choosing the Italian coach.
At the time, Galtier was at OGC Nice, where he received praise for leading them into a title contest with PSG. The previous season, he had guided LOSC Lille to the French championship.
Last July, the Frenchman departed Nice for PSG to succeed Pochettino. But, he is encountering the same types of fan scepticism as the Argentine had during his last season. His team lost the Coupe de France final to rival Marseille and is currently down 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
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