Despite being sacked by the club just 6 months ago under questionable circumstances, Mauricio Pochettino wants to return to the club in the future.
Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking was unfair – let’s get that straight and out of the way right off the bat. The Argentine did a marvelous job building Spurs up from mediocrity to relevance over the span of 5 years, with his tenure culminating in a Champions League final appearance – a feat that would have seemed impossible when he first took over the job.
Yet, when the first sign of trouble hit Pochettino, the club decided to sack him rather than allow him time to steady the ship, and this might go down as one of the club’s worst decisions in the modern era. Pochettino was a fantastic manager and the face of the club, who was ready to go to war week-in, week-out for the badge, for years on end.
Now, Spurs are stuck with Mourinho, who is a good manager of course. However, the infamous Portuguese coach has not fared much better than Pochettino in terms of results, and his hiring was surprising in the sense that he is normally a short-term fix, whereas someone like Pochettino is a long-term manager.
Pochettino is currently out of work, with most top clubs in the world happy with their current management. In fact, he has mostly been linked with the job at Newcastle, which is likely to change hands following their pending massive takeover by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund.
It has become clear that Pochettino’s heart is still with Tottenham Hotspur however, and he has stated this week to BT Sport that he would love to return to the North London club someday, to finish off the job he started.
"It was an amazing journey that finished the way no one wanted it to finish…But deep in my heart, I am sure our paths will cross again. From the day I left the club, my dream is to be back one day and to try to finish the work we didn’t finish. We were so closing to winning the Premier League and Champions League.” – Mauricio Pochettino to BT Sport"
This quote highlights exactly what many of us were thinking when he was sacked – it was the wrong time, and it felt like his career at Spurs was cut short unfairly.
Hopefully, he does get the chance to finish the fairytale he once started, but it will likely only happen in the distant future.