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Tottenham president Daniel Levy is said to be ready to sack Nuno Espirito Santo and bring Mauricio Pochettino back to north London if Paris Saint-Germain boss is made available in the near future, according to reports. Spurs have made a lackluster start to the new Premier League campaign under Nuno, who took the helm after leaving Wolves at the end of last season.
He signed a two-year contract at Tottenham in July but already appears to be under pressure after just three months in charge.
Spurs are currently in 11th place in the Premier League table after just three wins in their opening six games.
They have conceded nine goals in their last three outings and were convincingly beaten by Arsenal in the North London derby last month at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham’s poor form has led to suggestions that Levy may unplug Nuno and look for another boss to save the club’s top four prospects.
Figures like Graham Potter and Eddie Howe have been mentioned recently in connection with Spurs, but it seems Levy has already identified his primary target for the role.
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The controversial 59-year-old remains a big admirer of Pochettino and would jump at the chance to bring him back to the club, according to the Daily Mail.
It is claimed that Pochettino was targeted during the summer before Nuno’s appointment but ultimately decided to stay with PSG.
He enjoyed a solid five-year stint at the helm of Spurs between 2014 and 2019 before being sacked amid a poor run of results.
The Argentine boss has managed to put the club in their first Champions League final in their last full season in charge and have helped them fight for Premier League titles alongside the big guns in the division.
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He also racked up a century of Premier League wins for Spurs after just 167 games, with only Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson reaching the milestone in fewer outings at Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
However, it remains to be seen if Pochettino would consider the idea of a return to Tottenham, with the 49-year-old under contract in Paris until 2023.
Former Premier League striker Carlton Palmer recently said that a future return to London could be the perfect scenario for Spurs, insisting Nuno was never the right person for the job in the first place.
“I don’t know if it’s doubts or a lack of faith from the start, he [Nuno] just wasn’t their first managerial choice, ”Palmer told Football Fancast.
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“Don’t get me wrong, I think he did a really good job at Wolves and he’s a good manager. Is he a top manager to be somewhere like Spurs?
“They identified many managers before him and didn’t give it to other managers or other managers turned down the job, so he was at the bottom of the pecking order for that job.
“Do I see him in charge of Spurs long term? No I don’t see him, I think they will want a top manager.
“It wouldn’t surprise me in any way, neither in form nor in the future, if Pochettino returned to Spurs. It was a perfect solution for them.”