TOTTENHAM'S stars return from international duty in need of an upturn in form in the Premier League.
Yet, if the North Londoners want a more youthful manager again, they will consider RB Leipzig's 32-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann.
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TIM SHERWOOD believes that the Spurs players must take the blame for their poor form, not boss Mauricio Pochettino.
He told talkSPORT: “I don’t blame the manager, I blame the players. They have to look at themselves and have that bravery when things are not going well to get on the ball in dangerous areas and really take the game to the opposition.
“Because, at the moment, a few of them look like they’re hiding. When you have a bad run of form you always look for excuses why, and everyone is pointing to the obvious one, which is the uncertainly amongst the squad.
“Three or four players are out of contract and others are coming quite close to running their contracts down next year.
“That’s not what Pochettino wants, he wants players who are going to be there for the long-term. But, you still need to get the best out of what you’ve got.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO would kiss goodbye to £12.5million if he walks out on Tottenham.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all keen on Poch becoming their next boss and keeping their fingers crossed Spurs sack him so they do not have to pay the North Londoners more than £30m in compensation.
But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will only axe the Argentine as a last resort as he does not want to pay him the £12.5m he would be due for being given the boot.
Spurs are 14th in the Prem after mustering just three top-flight wins.
Pochettino has failed to win a trophy since taking over at Tottenham in May 2014, but remains highly-rated and in-demand after guiding them to four successive top-four finishes.
TOTTENHAM could pick from a wealth of experienced candidates vying to replace Mauricio Pochettino – including Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.
The Argentine has ambitions to manage one of the continent's top clubswith it increasingly apparent he has taken Spurs as far as he can.
But chairman Daniel Levy is highly reluctant to sack Pochettino with £12.5million owed in compensation if he is pushed.
Therefore it is more likely that the manager will jump first and try his luck elsewhere.
Pochettino was furious that Tottenham failed to make a convincing bid for Philippe Coutinho in the summer and he has watched star playmaker Christian Eriksen go off the boil amid the Dane's contract wrangle.
Even though Spurs are stuck in 14th place, there is a sense that the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are still all keen on the Argentine.