It seems that the writing’s on the wall for Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino. After an eventful season last time around, Mauricio Pochettino’s players seem to have lost their spark. Pochettino has come under pressure after the thrashing during their Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich and an abysmal defeat in the Premier League at the Amex. Will Daniel Levy part ways with Pochettino? Pochettino's departure could prove to be a bit costly for Tottenham, both literally and otherwise, having handed him a 5-year contract in 2018. Here’s a look at a list of five potential replacements for Mauricio Pochettino.
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1. Jose Mourinho
'The Chosen One' has been looking to return to management after an acrimonious split with Manchester United. Mourinho has a proven track record in the Premier League and is known to deliver silverware in his first two years of managing a new club. Tottenham Hotspur could provide an intriguing challenge for the Portuguese if Daniel Levy decides on some flexibility in Tottenham's financial structure. Fancy The Chosen One, Spurs?
2. Erik ten Hag
After losing the spine of his promising Ajax team last season, many thought that Ajax will succumb to the tag of a feeder club. Erik ten Hag, however, has made some shrewd signings and guided Ajax to the top of the Eredivisie this season. With a host of players expected to depart next summer, Tottenham could do with a manager who has experience rebuilding a squad. Erik ten Hag seems tailor-made for the job.
3. Eddie Howe
Keeping Bournemouth in England’s top flight while also playing exciting football hasn’t been easy. But Eddie Howe has mastered the art. Howe was often floated as a name to take over from Wenger over at Tottenham’s North London rivals. However, we could just as well see Eddie Howe taking over the reins at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to his Premier League experience and an eye for nurturing British talent.
4. Massimiliano Allegri
Having stepped down as Juventus boss earlier this year, Allegri has been praised for his tactical acumen during his years in Turin. Also linked with the United job, Allegri would bring a fresh approach and a new identity to Tottenham Hotspur, a job that has ‘rebuilding’ written all over it. Taking over from Mauricio Pochettino could interest the Italian if United look the other way. Interestingly, the Italian was also spotted attending Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-2 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich.
5. Jürgen Klinsmann
The German enjoyed a prolific spell banging in the goals at Tottenham in ‘95. But after an off-colour spell as head coach of the United States national team, the German’s stock dipped drastically, and he now finds himself out of a job. Having won the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year while at Spurs in 1995, the German would be keen to return to take over from Mauricio Pochettino, should the vacancy arise. Besides, the Premier League could do with another Jürgen.