Pochettino in contention for sensational return to Tottenham

Spurs are stepping up their pursuit of a new manager now that the season is over, with a list of high-level candidates under consideration.

Antonio Conte has been linked after the former Chelsea manager left his post at Inter Milan in the wake of leading them to the Italian title.

Erik Ten Hag, Graham Potter and Ralph Rangnick are also admired.

But the potential return of Pochettino would be the most intriguing option – and a way for Levy to smooth some of the tensions with supporters over his involvement in the failed European Super League plans.

Whether their former manager will be allowed to leave PSG, where he is under contract until next year, will be the major sticking point.

But Levy was always open to the possibility of bringing Pochettino back, despite sacking him just five months after he led the club to the Champions League Final.

Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs squad celebrate reaching the Champions League Final two years ago.

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In an exclusive interview with Standard Sport in 2019, the Spurs chairman said: “You have to understand I had built up a personal relationship with Mauricio over five-and-a-half years. It is not something I ever wanted. Personally, it was incredibly difficult, I told him that and he understood.

“He’s been in football, he understands. It’s not personal and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and get an opportunity to manage another great club. Maybe one day he’ll come back to us.”

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