Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly held ‘crisis talks’ with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy regarding his future at the club, as the pressure continues to build following a disappointing start to the season.
Pochettino’s future at the North London side remains uncertain, the club having began the campaign in indifferent form and are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s trip to West Ham.
According to the Telegraph, the Spurs boss has held talks with chairman Levy during the international break, as the possibility of the Argentine departing the club becomes ever more probable.
Tottenham would have to pay the 47-year-old £12.5m should he be sacked, however, unless the respective parties can come to terms regarding a mutual agreement over his exit.
Pochettino remains a popular figure at the club but there is a feeling that he has taken the club as far as he can, with the club now in need of a rebuild amid the uncertain futures of several key players.
Tottenham would also need to make a decision on a successor should they opt to part with their current boss, the likes of Jose Mourinho and Max Allegri having been previously linked and currently without a management role.
Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann are also likely to be amongst the club’s chief targets, though it would be difficult to prise either to North London mid-season, and an end of season pursuit of either coach a more realistic proposition.
However, despite the club currently sitting 11 points adrift of the top four and facing the likely prospect of missing out on Champions League football, Sky Sports are reporting that the two parties are facing a ‘long, drawn-out divorce’, with Pochettino’s days said to be ‘numbered’.