Hutton verdict on Tottenham appointing next Pochettino after 'massive' twist

Harry Kane holds the key to Tottenham landing the next Mauricio Pochettino as manager.

That is the view of former Spurs defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 27-year-old would be “absolutely massive” to getting a top manager like their former boss on board.

Football Insider revealed back in April Kane privately told friends he wants to quit Tottenham this summer.

Sky Sports claim Kane has now told Spurs he wants to be allowed to leave, ideally for another top side in England.

Tottenham are still in the hunt for a new manager following Jose Mourinho’s departure last month.

However, Hutton insisted the Kane bombshell could cause prospective new bosses to have second doubts about joining the club.

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Asked what impact the news about Kane could have, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s absolutely massive. You’re looking for a big-name manager, the next Pochettino possibly, to come in and build a squad there.

“They’ve got everything in place, the stadium, the training ground, they’ve got a decent squad. But they need somebody like a Pochettino to come in with a project, a three, four, five-year plan to move that club forward.

“They’ve went backwards, in my opinion. That being said, to get one of these types of managers in and you’re having talks but you’re selling your star man? You’re selling your star striker to a rival, possibly. That’s not going to go down well.

“If I’m a manager in talks with Daniel Levy, I’m saying I want him there, I don’t want him leaving. He might say I can’t join your club if you’re going to continually get rid of your big-name players. How do you expect me to build a squad to challenge for top four, for Champions League?

“It’s going to be difficult negotiations. I think there are different things going on behind the scenes, which can be difficult for Daniel Levy. If Harry Kane’s said it’s time to leave, that could be difficult when it comes to getting a new manager.”

Kane still has another three years left on his contract in north London.

It is understood Manchester United are set to offer two big-name stars in part exchange for the hitman.

In other news, Tottenham superstar is set to stay next season after Levy showdown talks.