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Exclusive: Tottenham icon thinks Nuno’s position next season depends on Pochettino

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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Graham Roberts believes that Nuno Espirito Santo being in charge of the club at the start of next season all depends on what happens with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain and his availability.

Spurs parted company with Jose Mourinho last season and gave Ryan Mason a caretaker role, before appointing Nuno as the permanent manager this summer. His appointment came after talk about a possible Pochettino return.

Tottenham started the season off in fine form winning their opening three matches of the new Premier campaign against Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford, with a 3-1 aggregate victory against Pacos Ferreira in between those matches in Europa Conference League qualifying.

Who will be in charge of Tottenham next season?

Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino



After their good start, Spurs had a difficult period losing to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal in the but beat Nuno’s former side Wolves in the on penalties. They also picked up four points from their opening two matches in the Europa Conference group stage and in their last game prior to the international break beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the league.

When quizzed on whether he believes Nuno will be in the dugout come the start of next season, Roberts told This is Futbol: “I think a big factor will probably be on the Pochettino situation, what happens over there. We draw with Rennes and everybody goes off their heads, ‘oh its only Rennes’ and they go and beat Paris Saint-Germain who are the best team in the world by all accounts.”

Pochettino and Paris Saint-Germain had a terrific summer transfer window which saw, Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nuno Mendes, Achraf Hakimi and Danilo Pereira all sign deals at the Parc des Princes.

Paris Saint-Germain have got off to a terrific start in Ligue 1 also, as they have won eight of their opening nine matches and currently sit top of the table and have a six-point cushion on RC Lens, who occupy second spot. They also sit top of Group A in the UEFA Champions League on four points.

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