Ohaside from the question of who might be willing to blink, Tottenham will also need to appoint a successor if Pokécino leaves during the season, given that the club does not have an obvious guardian.
Jose Mourinho and Max Allegri are out of work, while Carlo Ancelotti's position at Napoli is uncertain. Managers who would be more difficult to appoint to midfield and may be interested in Tottenham are Eddie Eu Chau and Red Bull Leipzig's Bundemouth, Janian Nagelsmann.
Gareth Southgate seems to have reiterated his commitment to work in England after a 4-0 win over Kosovo.
Tottenham Hotspur and Poketino could still try to wrestle together by the end of the season, though at the moment it seems unreal.
The match with Sheffield United meant the Spurs entered the international break at 14th in the Premier League table ahead of a crucial trip to West Ham United on Saturday.
Tottenham are already ahead of Manchester City quarter-finalists with 11 points and there is a feeling around the club that a defeat would effectively put an end to any slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
One source said: "Unless things improve significantly, it is impossible to see Paretino stay at Tottenham all season. Losing to West Ham would be a disaster for them.