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English Club Tottenham Hotspur will approach Southampton for their next season manager if Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti decides against move to White Hart Lane.
The Tottenham Hotspur want to make one final check to see whether Ancelotti is interested in managing them before making their move to Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino, next week. The board of Spurs decided to approach to talk with Pochettino on Friday. If Carlo Ancelotti leaves Real Madrid after Saturday’s Champions League final, their only alternative would be Pochettino.
As the Italian has a good relationship with Spurs’ director of football, Franco Baldini, Ancelotti would grab the attraction of returning to London. However, his wage demands are likely to be prohibited.
On the other hand, Pochettino has been Tottenham’s first choice since the club took the decision of not taking upthe 1 year option on Tim Sherwood’s contract.
Spurs have spoken to Rafael Benitez’s agent in the knowledge that the Napoli coach would like to return England but for more than two weeks there have been no contact.
Pochettino, 42, is a kind of dynamic coach Spurs want. The crucial factor of their interest in him is the hope that he will be able to get the best out of foreign players.
He faces a £2 million bill replacing Sherwood as head coach at Tottenham. Tim Sherwood was sacked by Daniel Levy at a meeting, with the Tottenham Chairman deeming his outspoken comments and challenges to the club unacceptable. To succeed Sherwood, Pochettino is the favourite. But the Argentine will have to pay Southamton the compensation bill to move to Tottenham after agreeing to a unique clause in his Saint Mary’s deal.
Nicola Cortese, the former executive chairman drew up the contract that states if Pochettino breaks his Southampton contract early, he has to personally pay the outstanding amount. On his Saints contract, Pochettino has 12 months to run and it is worth £2 million a year.