Spurs missed the chance to break into the top four this weekend having lost 1-0 at Manchester United.
Even if that trend continues for the rest of the season, it’s unlikely Mauricio Pochettino’s stock is going to go down, though, as his wider achievements at the club have boosted his reputation both in England and on the continent.
It’s no surprise that Pochettino’s name always comes up when a big job is about to become vacant; first, he was linked with replacing Louis van Gaal at United before Jose Mourinho took that particular role.
And however many games Zinedine Zidane goes unbeaten at Real Madrid (the streak is currently at 35), there are always rumours that the Spurs boss could take over from Zizou at the Bernabeu.
The latest report is once again suggesting Pochettino could be on his way back to La Liga, but not with Real.
Diego Simeone’s recent revelation that he will be terminating his Atletico Madrid contract early has caused quite a stir throughout European football.
It’s possible the Argentine could leave as early as this summer, so the La Liga outfit are already looking at his compatriot, Pochettino, as a potential successor – as reported in the Mirror.
The 44-year-old only signed a contract extension to keep him in North London in May, rewarded for helping Spurs to a third-placed finish.
Yet, the former centre-back would be a popular choice at Atleti, as he would be able to keep up their excellent defensive record while also improving their style of play going forward.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is surely going to do everything in his power to keep his manager, but this is the kind of prestigious job which he would have to consider.