Mauricio Pochettino sacked: Jose Mourinho open to becoming next Tottenham manager

Jose Mourinho is open to taking the Tottenham Hotspur job, and there is a growing feeling he could fit the club’s circumstances at this time, after the sensational Tuesday sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.

The Independent has been told intermediaries were already sounding out potential candidates for Spurs in the previous week, with Red Bull Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann the top choice due to his age and profile. With the German extremely difficult to secure due to his contract, however, chairman Daniel Levy and the hierarchy have been looking at five other names. 

Brendan Rodgers is seen in a similar way to Nagelsmann but would be equally difficult to get now given how he’s just joined a buoyant Leicester City.

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Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti is being pushed on the club, and is interested. His compatriot Max Allegri is more appealing to Spurs, but there is a feeling he is cooler on the job, and would prefer a club of higher historic profile and wealth like Manchester United. Tottenham have long liked Eddie Howe, but other candidates have now leapfrogged him, and there is also the problem of extracting him from Bournemouth.

Given all that, as well as his availability and status, Mourinho may well represent a suitable choice for this moment in time. It is understood figures close to the Portuguese were trying to make a potential deal happen on Tuesday night.


Who could replace Pochettino at Tottenham?





1/11 Who could replace Pochettino at Spurs?

2/11 Ralf Rangnick

3/11 Ralph Hasenhuttl

4/11 Julian Nagelsmann

5/11 Rafa Benitez

6/11 Massimiliano Allegri

7/11 Gareth Southgate

8/11 Eddie Howe

9/11 Brendan Rodgers

10/11 Carlo Ancelotti

11/11 Jose Mourinho

1/11 Who could replace Pochettino at Spurs?

2/11 Ralf Rangnick

3/11 Ralph Hasenhuttl

4/11 Julian Nagelsmann

5/11 Rafa Benitez

6/11 Massimiliano Allegri

7/11 Gareth Southgate

8/11 Eddie Howe

9/11 Brendan Rodgers

10/11 Carlo Ancelotti

11/11 Jose Mourinho

Spurs, who were in the Champions League final only six months ago, have endured a miserable start to the season and are currently 14th in the Premier League table.

Chairman Daniel Levy, who appointed Pochettino in June 2014, said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board have taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the club’s best interests.”

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