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Mauricio Pochettino turned down the opportunity to return to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, it has been claimed.
The Argentine coach was heavily linked with a Spurs move after his Paris Saint-Germain side failed to win the Ligue 1 title during his debut season at the club.
But, after receiving assurances from PSG over his future, Pochettino decided to continue on at PSG – according to a report in The Guardian.
Pochettino steered Tottenham to four consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League and led the club to the Champions League final in 2019, before being removed from his post less than six months later.
Tottenham have been searching for a new manager ever since sacking Jose Mourinho a week before the Carabao Cup final in April, with attempts to bring in Julian Nagelsmann and Antonio Conte also failing to bear fruit.
And it is believed that the Tottenham board are in agreement that the club needs a significant overhaul in the coming year.
Pochettino warned that the Spurs squad was approaching the time for a refresh back in the spring of 2019, saying that Tottenham needed to invest to maintain their position as one of the leading clubs in the England.
“When you talk about Tottenham, everyone says you have an amazing house but you need to put in the furniture,” the then Spurs coach told Gary Lineker.
“And it depends on your budget if you are going to spend money.
“It’s about creating another chapter and to have the clear idea of how to build that new project. We need to rebuild. It’s going to be painful.”
Speaking to the club’s supporters in an open letter towards the end of last season, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy admitted that the club failed to do that and “lost sight of some key priorities”.
“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent,” Levy said.
“I have said it many times and I will say it again – everything we do is in the long-term interests of the club. I have always been and will continue to be ambitious for our club and its fans.
“As a club we have been so focused on delivering the stadium and dealing with the impact of the pandemic, that I feel we lost sight of some key priorities and what’s truly in our DNA.”
With Pochettino no longer an option, it now appears that former FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is the preferred option to take over at Spurs, with the Portuguese coach the odds-on favourite with the bookmakers.
Fonseca was replaced at AS Roma by axed Spurs boss Jose Mourinho earlier this summer.
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