Pochettino admitted Tottenham, who lost to Arsenal last weekend and then won at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, have found it difficult to see off supposedly inferior opposition at Wembley this season. West Brom lacked joy and goals and, when the players' determination and tactical discipline ebbed, Pulis was doomed. Arsenal are keen on bringing the French striker to the Emirates - potentially during the January transfer window as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, the paper said. The theme throughout his coaching career has been one of over-achievement. There can be no joy, no passion, no love, if the sole objective is stagnant economic viability.
What these revelations show is that despite Pulis' claims that the dressing room was supporting of his methods, he was clearly fighting a losing battle for a while.
West Brom are reported to want a manager with Premier League experience and that has ruled out a number of candidates initially linked with the job.
Without entertainment or hope football is nothing.
Similarly, would the role excite Allardyce?
Hughes turned Stoke into Stokelona and finished in 9th place in each of the three seasons immediately following Pulis's departure.
"When this happens in football it's painful".
Mauricio Pochettino's men bounced back on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Germany to secure their place in the last 16 after topping the group.
"He's definitely got the qualities with how he works with the players and the relationship he sort of has with the players", he said.
The second is to give a promising, up-and-coming manager a shot.
Koeman would be an appointment with both a record of success and a hunger to prove a point.
"These decisions are never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club".
In that time Berahino has also failed to score three Premier League penalties - golden opportunities to end a drought.
He also starts fantastically at most clubs he has managed, which is what we need - we need points on the board!
Pros: Nigel Pearson is said to be in the running, having served as Bryan Robson's assistant between 2004 and 2006.
"Whoever does come in has a good squad to work with". He lasted six months before being sacked - harshly in many of his players' view. Together, those two realities are probably what inspired the club's leadership to demand more of their team than then safe and staid soccer Pulis brought to town. His statement was a financial one, but not about his own fortunes.