While Tim Sherwood reportedly begins his search for a life after Tottenham, Spurs have turned their attention toward Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, claims Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph.
According to the article, Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal remains the favourite to succeed Sherwood at White Hart Lane, but the north Londoners are considering Pochettino as an alternative.
Wilson claims that the Saints boss has placed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on alert after delaying talks on a contract extension until after the current Premier League season ends.
But this is a move the former Argentina international should resist.
Pochettino arrived at St Mary's Stadium on a wave of protest after then-chairman Nicola Cortese sacked popular Nigel Adkins, who had guided the club to successive promotions from League One to the top flight, as BBC Sport reported in January last year.
But the move has paid dividends, particularly this season where Pochettino has kept the Saints in the top half of the table throughout the campaign.
With a plethora of English talent, such as Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, Southampton have become a welcome presence for supporters across the country.
However, Pochettino will have been thrown by the loss of Cortese, the man who brought him in from the cold after his departure from Espanyol two months earlier in January of this year, as BBC Sport reported.
Club owner Katharina Liebherr replaced Cortese, installing herself into the vacant position. Since then, however, Ralph Krueger has been appointed as chairman, and Wilson notes that he and the manager have enjoyed "positive talks," which will be music to the ears of Southampton fans.
Pochettino is building a strong reputation for himself on the South Coast, and while it is not in doubt that he will move on at some point, Tottenham should be a place he avoids for the moment at least.
The instability at White Hart Lane this season has been the subject of much speculation in the newspapers through the season.
Immediately following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in December came reports of Levy and technical director Franco Baldini being responsible for selecting players to bring in on the back of the world-record move of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, as Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required) reported in January.
Tottenham have lacked stability in recent seasons since the departure of Harry Redknapp in 2012 despite guiding the club to two top-four finishes. Indeed, it was only the fact that Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 which denied Spurs a place in the 2012-13 competition.
In came Villas-Boas, and Tottenham missed out on the top four to rivals Arsenal on the final day of the season. And then came the spending spree in the summer. But soon AVB was also out of the revolving door at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has earned widespread plaudits for his work at Southampton this season and deserves full credit for his mix of foreign and English talent.
It is little wonder that he would be coveted by Spurs, but it is a move he must resist.
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It is understandable that Pochettino is a target for bigger clubs than Southampton, and the South Coast side will be fortunate to keep hold of him long-term.
However, Spurs need a strong and experienced boss to deal with the politics of the club and turn them into the Premier League force Levy wants them to be.
Pochettino should remain with the Saints and look elsewhere if he is to progress his managerial career.