Pochettino comments shed light on ‘difficult’ Premier League return decision

Mauricio Pochettino has long been linked with a return to the Premier League.

In fact, ever since Tottenham controversially sacked the Argentine in November last year, it was thought that Pochettino wouldn't be away from the English game for too long.

But, 11 months on from his Spurs exit, and the manager, perhaps surprisingly, is still without a job.

Even his former player Jan Vertonghen spoke about Pochettino's "impatience" this week – and backed him to return to Premier League management.

And Pochettino has previously made no secret of his desire to manage an elite club in England, despite his affiliation with Spurs making it a "difficult" decision.

Speaking back in February, Pochettino said: "To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League.

"It's going to be difficult, I know, and for now it's a moment to wait and we'll see what happens.

"It's a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.

"I'm ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic."

Pochettino impressed in his five-and-a-half years in north London, helping Spurs qualify for the Champions League on four separate occasions and leading them to the final of the competition in 2019.

He was replaced by Jose Mourinho last November following a poor run of form, however, and has been out of a job ever since.

Pochettino has been linked with a whole host of clubs since then, with Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg the latest rumour.

Manchester United have also been regularly linked with a swoop for the manager, while Barcelona overlooked the ex-Southampton boss and instead opted for Ronald Koeman.

And while Pochettino's next job remains uncertain, there will certainly be no shortage of clubs queuing up to land him.

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