Mauricio Pochettino, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, enjoyed a champagne lunch with Alan Brazil, the talkSPORT Breakfast host, but his return to the club was not discussed. Spurs are currently looking for a new manager after parting ways with Antonio Conte on Sunday night following a high-profile fallout with the club’s players. While Julien Nagelsmann is currently the main name in the frame, Pochettino has been regularly linked with a return to Tottenham, where he enjoyed the most success. The Argentine led Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019 and inspired their most successful side in recent years.
Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last summer and is looking for a new role. Many fans are keen on the idea of him returning to north London. However, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Pochettino.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor spoke to Brazil on talkSPORT Breakfast and asked who Spurs should go and get as their new manager. While many have suggested Pochettino, he is already available and has not been given the job. Agbonlahor said that if he were Pochettino, he would be thinking that Spurs are just waiting until no one else is available before offering him the job.
Brazil added that he would have thought Pochettino would have been offered the job by now if he was going to get it. However, he revealed that he had lunch with Pochettino the day before and had enjoyed a glass of champagne with him. When asked if he had asked Pochettino about returning to Spurs, Brazil said it was a private lunch and laughed off the question.
Brazil went on to say that Pochettino is in the country and available, so it begs the question of whether Spurs really want him or not. He disagreed with the suggestion that managers would not want the job with ten games of the season to go. Brazil said that if Pochettino comes in now, he knows the players and can keep them in fourth place and secure a Champions League spot. He added that the players will respond to him, and he can persuade Harry Kane to stay.
When asked if Pochettino would be tempted by Real Madrid, Brazil said he thinks he wants to stay in the Premier League. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Pochettino, but his lunch with Brazil has certainly fuelled speculation that he could be returning to Spurs.
In other news, talkSPORT has a packed schedule on Saturday 1 April, with Man City hosting Liverpool in a key Premier League game, Crystal Palace vs Leicester seeing the return of Roy Hodgson to the Selhurst Park dugout, and the heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Jermaine Franklin. Fans can tune in to talkSPORT via their free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com, DAB digital radio, or by downloading the talkSPORT app.