Ex-Spurs star 'shocked' by new Tottenham manager twist reported by BBC

Alan Hutton has admitted he would be “shocked” if Mauricio Pochettino returned to Tottenham as manager. 

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted chairman Daniel Levy would have to “admit he made a massive mistake” getting rid of the Argentine in 2019.

As reported by the BBC, Tottenham have held talks with Pochettino over a potential return, although there has been no contact with PSG.

Pochettino joined the French giants back in January after Thomas Tuchel was sacked.

Hutton admitted he thought the Argentine boss would be reluctant to “tarnish” his reputation at Spurs with a second stint in charge.

“I’m really shocked, if I’m really honest,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

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“I mean, he’s just in this PSG job and for him to leave that to go back to Tottenham, where he was fired, it’s a bit strange for me. We all know that he was working on something at Tottenham, he was building something.

“It got to a stage where it probably needed, not an overhaul, but it needed a change of faces within the squad. Daniel Levy didn’t back him and then it all kind of fell apart after that Champions League game.

“Obviously, it didn’t end on the best terms. So, he (Levy) would have to come out and admit he made a massive mistake in then bringing him back. Do you really want to go back to the overall grind again? It is very difficult.

“I always find it hard when you hear about players, managers, going back a second time. You don’t want to tarnish what you’ve done on your first time around. It’s a very difficult decision. I’d be very surprised if that happens.”

Pochettino has won the French Super Cup and the Coupe de France since joining PSG.

However, the French heavyweights were beaten to the Ligue 1 title by Lille.

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