Senior Tottenham players may be behind the club’s decision to hold talks with Mauricio Pochettino over a return as manager.

That’s the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs have made contact with Pochettino, although there is growing pessimism that a deal will materialise.


However, the Daily Mail claim the 49-year-old has told the Parisian club that he wants to leave this summer.

The Athletic reported last week that Spurs players are “excited by the prospect” of the Argentine returning to N17.

When asked by Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs if they may have had an influence in proceedings, Phillips said: “Maybe, players have a lot of pull nowadays, they’ve very close to chairmen and they speak to them whether you agree with it or not. I personally don’t.

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“Daniel Levy may have consulted the senior players before they even acknowledged that they were interested and spoke to them and said, ‘What do you think?’

“He’s well-liked in general, Tottenham played some magnificent football and it almost stinks of a no-brainer if they can get him back. Does that make it a done deal?

“But I think it will take a while to get back to the free-flowing and high-intensity football that he got them playing in the time that he got them to the Champions League final.

“There are a lot of things to overcome but I think getting him back at the club, for the players and the fans, I think they would be really excited about it.”


Pochettino was appointed as PSG head coach in January 2021, returning to the club he captained during his playing days.

However, he failed to secure their fourth successive Ligue 1 title last season as Lille pipped the capital club to top spot.

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