Jose Mourinho would be interested in taking the Tottenham Hotspur job should Mauricio Pochettino leave the club, according to the Daily Mail.
Pochettino’s future is coming under increasing scrutiny although there is still a feeling that it will be the players who pay for Tottenham’s poor start to the season, with The Times reporting a planned January clear-out.
The Daily Mail claims that Spurs have no plans to sack Pochettino, but there is concern within the club that the Argentine has become disillusioned and is looking for a way out.
Manchester United and Real Madrid are admirers but are deterred by the £32million compensation package Spurs would demand.
Mourinho will be monitoring the situation closely. The 56-year-old has been out of management since being sacked by United last December, and The Daily Mail believe that he has turned down offers from Benfica and Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, worth £90m, to wait for the right opportunity.
The 56-year-old’s reputation is not what it once was, but he is still considerably overqualified for a club who has won one trophy in 20 years.
There is a certain allure to Mourinho; a Hollywood bad boy with a history of breaking hearts, but one with just enough charm that you think you can change him. An ego trip that Daniel Levy may not be able to resist.
But the Portuguese would be such a drastic change in direction from Pochettino, and the tough period we’re currently enduring is right out of the third-season Mourinho play-book.
Do we want to go through another rebuild in three years’ time? Is one League Cup really worth it?