Now this is a big ‘if’.
Mauricio Pochettino seems more than content with life at Tottenham Hotspur right now. He has turned the perennial also-rans into a side capable of competing at the very top both domestically and abroad but, with no trophies yet to cap his impressive tenure, the Argentine has unfinished business in North London.
However it is well documented that Real Madrid are big fans of the former Espanyol gaffer. And Mundo Deportivo reports that Pochettino is one of the names in the frame to take over at the Bernabau with the exit of Zinedine Zidane looking inevitable as Los Blancos sit 19 points adrift of Barcelona in fourth.
Fortunately for Spurs, Real are also keen on Napoli’s whirlwind tactician Maurizio Sarri. And Germany boss Joachim Low, the 2014 World Cup winner, is Real president Florentino Perez’s first choice right now.
Nonetheless, it would be remiss for Tottenham not to have a plan in place in the admittedly unlikely event that Pochettino isn’t in North London next season. And Friday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport (page 26) reports that Spurs would be one of the front-runners to appoint Carlo Ancelotti.
The veteran tactician has made it clear that he wants to remain in club management despite incessant links with the vacant Italy post.
Intriguingly, the report adds that North London rivals Arsenal have identified Ancelotti as a leading candidate to replace Arsene Wenger so an intriguing, if doubtful, tussle could take place between Tottenham and the Gunners.
Ancelotti is one of the most respected coaches in the modern era and led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2010. His reputation has slipped recently, however, after failing to lead Real Madrid to the league title and losing his job at Bayern Munich in the Autumn.