Jose Mourinho is entering his third season at Manchester United, and after the club failed to seal transfers for reinforcements in several key areas of the pitch, it’s not a stretch to say that the Portuguese isn’t coming into this new campaign with overwhelming confidence. The former Chelsea boss has frequently struggled when it’s come to his third season in charge at his previous clubs, and plenty are drawing parallels to his current situation at Old Trafford with his acrimonious exit from Stamford Bridge in 2015.
As such, rumours of his departure at some stage in the next season are sure to crop up, and former Tottenham Hotspur player Jermaine Jenas can see the club’s current boss Mauricio Pochettino eyeing up the Portuguese’s role if certain things don’t go his way in North London.
“It is great that Spurs signed Pochettino up to a new deal at the end of last season, but I do think they need to start making him happy in terms of his personal ambitions,” said Jenas in his BBC column.
“I do not see him turning his back on the club any time soon because he has put so much in to it, but if there is any worry for Tottenham fans about his future, it is with what is going on with Mourinho at United.
“If Mourinho leaves Old Trafford, then I can see United coming knocking for Pochettino because it feels like he has been on their radar for a long time, and I can understand why he would be seen as the right man for the job.”
Pochettino would certainly be an exciting replacement should Mourinho leave United in the not-too distant future, even if the Argentine has yet to win a major honour in his managerial career. Spurs have developed an exciting attacking style under his stewardship, whilst working on a much tighter budget than their Premier League rivals, and his name must surely be considered if and when Mourinho exits Old Trafford.