'They'd be lucky' - Exclusive: Bent reacts as big name seeks reported Tottenham move
Darren Bent claimed Tottenham would be “lucky” to have a manager of Jose Mourinho’s pedigree succeed Mauricio Pochettino at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Spurs attacker implied that Mourinho would be far from the worst person to succeed Pochettino as he has achieved things that Spurs haven’t.
Mourinho is reportedly keeping tabs on Spurs’ situation as he’d be interested in talking to the club about becoming their manager if Pochettino was to resign or be sacked following his side’s poor start to the season.
Bent explained that Mourinho has won trophies such as the Premier League and the Champions League so before fans start screaming over the idea of him arriving at the club, they need to consider they’d be lucky to have him.
When asked about the idea of Mourinho potentially succeeding Pochettino, Bent told Football Insider: “A lot of people always talk negatively about Mourinho but he’s a born winner, look at what he has won.
“I think sometimes clubs need to appreciate where they are and not get too big for their boots, cause I’ve heard a lot of clubs say we don’t want Mourinho, but hold on, he has won things.
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“He has won things that club haven’t won, he has won the Champions League, Spurs got to the final last season but they haven’t won it.
“He’s won the Premier League with Chelsea, Spurs have never done that so before the fans start screaming ‘we don’t want him’, they need to look at his pedigree and what he has done.
“They’d be lucky to have him.”
Tottenham currently sit 14th in the Premier League after picking up only 14 points from their first 12 games of the season, with Spurs next in action against West Ham.
In the 2018/19 campaign, Pochettino guided Spurs to a fourth place in the league and saw them narrowly miss out on lifting the Champions League trophy as they lost to Liverpool in the final.