West Ham United were mocked when they were linked with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino last week.
Manuel Pellegrini is a man under pressure at West Ham this season.
The Hammers were widely tipped to challenge for a European spot after a bright start.
But just two wins from their last 12 games has seen Pellegrini’s future cast into serious doubt.
Pochettino became one of the most surprising managerial casualties of this season when he was sacked before Spurs played West Ham last month.
Pochettino in the West Ham frame?
He was quickly replaced by Jose Mourinho.
West Ham’s wins at Chelsea and Southampton appear of have earned Pellegrini a stay of execution.
Pochettino has been linked with a host of clubs since he departed Tottenham.
And the Hammers have been linked with an array of names as potential replacements for Pellegrini.
One of those was Pochettino himself according to The Daily Star.
West Ham were mocked by rival fans and some pundits who suggested they would not be able to lure a manager of Pochettino’s calibre.
Hammers mocked and ‘rebuffed’ by Poch
Indeed some Hammers fans themselves scoffed at their chances with penny-pinching co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold in charge.
The Star then reported that Pochettino had ‘rebuffed’ West Ham’s approach.
But new comments from the Argentine suggest he most certainly has not.
Speaking to beIN Sports at the weekend, Pochettino refuted suggestions he has turned any clubs down.
And he insisted he ‘will listen to ALL offers’.
“You are open and then you are open,” Pochettino told beIN Sports.
“Anything can happen. When I say I am open, I am open to listen to any club.
Pochettino insists he is open to ALL offers
“No, when I say I am open, I am open, I cannot say that I am open but I’m closed to someone. It’s different if you receive an approach and you listen and say yes or no. That’s different.”
While it may still be unlikely Pochettino will be the next West Ham boss, Sullivan and Gold must not be deterred by the cynicism.
After all someone had said five years ago that Jose Mourinho would manage Tottenham they would have been mocked.
Pochettino may be destined for one of Europe’s elite.
But if you don’t ask, you don’t get and West Ham should have no regrets.