He could easily have said yes to Real Madrid or Chelsea at the end of last season.
He could easily have argued that he’d taken Tottenham as far as he could, after keeping them in the Champions League for the third consecutive campaign on a restricted budget.
He could yet be tapped up by the likes of Manchester United or Real, if the Reds decide eventually that they are underachieving or Julen Lopetegui fails to pull up trees in Madrid.
But Mauricio Pochettino remains insistent he is in it at Spurs for the long haul.
Tottenham became the first club not to make a summer signing since the transfer window was introduced in 2003.
No new summer signings, disgruntled fringe players and stadium chaos, at a time when Spurs should be taking their first steps into a brave new world at a new £800million arena.
Yet Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be grateful for the optimism and leadership that Pochettino continues to exude with the chips very much down.