The reason Tottenham approached Mauricio Pochettino two years ago but have not yet this time

Ryangoles: “In 2021 the board seemingly wanted Pochettino but PSG refused to let him go, now there’s talk of the board having concerns about rehiring Pochettino over the way it ended in 2019 but what’s changed to make those worries an issue now when they weren’t in 2021?”

Alasdair says: “It’s purely my opinion but I wonder if the difference is Steve Hitchen. Back in 2019 at that stage he was leading the search for the next manager and had a close relationship with Mauricio Pochettino so would more than likely have been a strong voice pushing for his return. I remember Tottenham were looking for the next Pochettino at the time and their shortlist reflected that so it would have made sense to try to get the actual Pochettino, but PSG were not budging.

“Then Fabio Paratici came in, drew up his own very different shortlist, Hitchen left midway through the season and it’s now a very different structure within Spurs. That’s my stab at it anyway.”

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Annie271: “Any update on the women’s team manager please?”

Alasdair says: “At the moment it looks more than likely that Vicky Jepson will remain in charge until the end of the season before the club take the decision over the permanent successor to Rehanne Skinner.”

macro spurs: “There have been reports mentioning that people within the club believe Vincent Kompany can replicate what Mikel Arteta did at Arsenal. Do you think he will be tempted to take the job if offered? Football is unpredictable and sometimes you have to take the chance whilst your stock is still very high.”

Alasdair says: “That’s a difficult one to answer without being inside his head. Although I agree with you that there’s a number of top players who haven’t quite had the managerial success it looked like they would, Gerrard and Lampard being two obvious names, so yes taking big opportunities when your stock is high is something that will cross managers’ minds.