Pochettino is ready for his next job… but where could he go next?

Mauricio Pochettino says he is ready for his next job and will be on the radar of multiple clubs… but from Newcastle to Manchester United and Real Madrid, where could the former Tottenham boss head next?

  • Mauricio Pochettino has been out of work since his Spurs sacking in November
  • The Argentine has been linked with a host of top jobs in the past few years
  • Newcastle, Man City and Man City are among the Premier League candidates
  • Real Madrid have also been heavily linked with the 48-year-old in the past 
  • Pochettino himself has mooted a sensational return to Tottenham in the future 

Six months on from his sacking as Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to return to management. 

The Argentinean oversaw a progressive period at Spurs following on from his arrival at the club in 2014, finishing as runners-up in both the Premier League and last year, the Champions League. 

But after a disappointing opening to the 2019-20 season, Pochettino and Daniel Levy, begrudgingly, parted ways, with Jose Mourinho replacing him in north London. 

Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed, recharged and ready to return to management

But now, following an interview with Sportsmail yesterday, the 48-year-old has confirmed his ‘tank is completely full’ after completing his gardening leave. 

‘It has been an amazing time to review everything, organise again our ideas, plan the future to try to compete better, try to learn from our experience and look forward for the next job,’ Pochettino said.  ‘You need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears.’

But just where will that next job be? From the Premier League to prestigious clubs abroad, Pochettino will be a man in demand come the eventual conclusion of the season this summer. 

Pochettino thanked Daniel Levy after his gardening leave expired and now is after a new job

NEWCASTLE UNITED

At the beginning of this month, amid a proposed £300m takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund, Pochettino was linked with a move to St James’ Park. 

Perhaps not the first club which immediately springs to mind with Pochettino’s next adventure, the change in ownership could be a game-changer in English football – Man City/Abu Dhabi-style. 

The Saudi-led consortium, led by Amanda Staveley, could be after a high-profile appointment

Though current manager Steve Bruce looks set to finish the current campaign, with the team currently lying in a respectable 13th place, the potential new ownership group – led by Amanda Staveley – may want to make a high-profile appointment as a serious statement of intent. 

Pochettino spoke yesterday about how a job in the Premier League is ‘one of the options’, and also interestingly spoke about his desire for a ‘project’.

‘We love England,’ Pochettino admitted. ‘We have our house and our home here. The people are respectful. The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is one of the options. 

Newcastle have been heavily linked with appointing Pochettino as manager this month

‘I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project.’

Despite the links, the Saudi-led consortium have not yet received official word of passing the owners’ and directors test, although sources close to the deal remain confident that will be the case.  

MANCHESTER CITY    

In stark contrast to the rebuild needed at Newcastle, Pochettino could move to Manchester City, where the nucleus of an all-conquering side has long been in place. 

After a season in which City look certain to relinquish their Premier League crown to Liverpool, solace could come in the Champions League, should the competition be completed this summer. 

But the long-term future of current boss Pep Guardiola has been up for debate. 

Pep Guardiola has a contract at City until 2021 but could the Spaniard leave a year early? 

Though the Spaniard’s contract runs until the summer of 2021 – and he’s long said that he intends to see out his contract – Guardiola is yet to stay at a club he’s managed for more than four years. 

His successful period at Barcelona concluded after four seasons, while his time at Bayern Munich only lasted three years. 

Having arrived in Manchester in 2016, Guardiola is reaching that four-year mark now – could he shock the City boardroom and fanbase alike and call it a day this summer, particularly after the tragic news of his mother’s death due to coronavirus. 

If he did leave, Pochettino would surely be one of the top candidates to replace him. 

MANCHESTER UNITED  

Pochettino’s links with the hot-seat at Manchester United have been the source of speculation for many years now. 

The Argentine was first linked with the United job during the downfall of Jose Mourinho at the club in the 2018-19 season. 

However, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given a three-year contract following an impressive period as interim boss, and results picked up before football was halted in March, those rumours have now somewhat subsided. 

Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been linked with a move for Poch in the past

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the hot-seat at United, when Pochettino was heavily linked 

And yet, there is no doubt the man in charge at United, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, has long courted Pochettino. 

If Woodward is indeed desperate to land the Argentine, fresh and rejuvenated after a period out the game, now may well be his best chance. 

REAL MADRID  

Though he spoke of his fondness for the Premier League, Pochettino did not rule out a move abroad. 

‘I am not closed to move to a different country,’ the former Tottenham manager said. 

As such, as ever when a high-profile managerial name becomes available, Real Madrid are an ever-present club in the rumour mill. 

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has not hit the ground running in his second stint

Though Zinedine Zidane took over for a second time last season, the former Galactico hasn’t hit the ground running this season, though they do still remain in the hunt both domestically and in Europe, despite a 2-1 first-leg defeat to City at the Bernabeu in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Pochettino was linked with Madrid heavily last season, when he felt he hadn’t ‘missed the Madrid train’. 

This time round though, is the train running and if so, will Pochettino be tempted to catch it? 

BARCELONA

Perhaps the most unlikely of the super-clubs, Barcelona have not been wholly satisfied with their manager since Luis Enrique’s resignation in 2017.

Though successful in terms of trophies, Ernesto Valverde’s dramatic failures in Europe overshadowed his tenure, while new man in charge Quique Setien has had an indifferent first few months. 

Pochettino, though, would represent a serious statement for intent. 

However, as a former Espanyol player and coach, Pochettino has long said that he would not manage his former club’s city rivals.

Pochettino, pictured in his days as Espanyol manager, has said he wouldn’t manage Barcelona 

And yet, if offered the job, would Pochettino turn down the opportunity to work with compatriot and one of the best players of all time in Lionel Messi?

TOTTENHAM

Finally, in an interview with BT Sport a few weeks ago, Pochettino got a lot of nostalgic Tottenham fans excited when he mooted a return in the future.  

‘Deep in my heart I am sure our paths will cross again,’ Pochettino said. ‘From the day I left the club, my dream is to be back one day and to try to finish the work we didn’t finish. We were so close to winning the Premier League and Champions League.

Tottenham under Pochettino had drawn popular acclaim but ultimately didn’t win a trophy

‘Of course I am looking forward to moving on and I am so motivated for the next project. But deep inside I want to go back because the fans are so special. Maybe in five years, maybe in 10 years, but before I die I want to manage Tottenham.

‘I want to feel what it means to win one title with Tottenham because the fans are amazing, all the love we received was amazing and that is a good opportunity to pay back all the love they showed us from day one.’

If all doesn’t work out with Mourinho, Pochettino could be back in north London quicker than you first thought… 




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Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobs

Mauricio Pochettino met up with Unai Emery for coffer and to chat about their times in north London after they lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively, last year.

Pochettino and Emery were sacked within 10 days of each other from their Premier League roles after poor starts to the season for both.

It was a sad end to a successful time in charge of Spurs for the Argentine, while the Spaniard’s regime at Arsenal never really got off the ground.

They had very different times on either side of the north London divide and Pochettino has revealed that he and his assistant, Jesus Perez, met with Emery after their dismissals to talk things over – much to the surprise of onlookers in the capital.

‘Before the pandemic, me and Jesús met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences,’ Pochettino told the Guardian.

‘We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: “Unai and Pochettino and Jesús are now sharing a coffee!”

‘It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny.

‘It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training … to design specific and collective works. And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different.’

Pochettino’s family is still settled in London and a Premier League return remains a possibility for him, although he is keeping his options open as he looks for the ideal return to football.

‘We are looking forward for the next job,’ said the 48-year-old. ‘Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full.

‘It’s about the club and, of course, the people, the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England and the Premier League.’

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Mauricio Pochettino says he is ready to step back into management

‘I’m ready’: Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed, recharged and keen to step back into management — with the Premier League top of his list

  • Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed and ready to return to management 
  • The 48-year-old said he has used his free time to reorganise and get better
  • He says he loves England and managing in the Premier League is his priority 
  • Pochettino spoke about Jose Mourinho and Joe Lewis’ yacht with Sportsmail

Mauricio Pochettino is refreshed, fully recharged and hungry to return to English football after finally ending his six-year association with Tottenham.

Pochettino and his coaching staff have completed their gardening leave and are searching for the next challenge.

‘After six months our tanks are completely full,’ said the 48-year-old Argentine who was dismissed by Spurs in November.

Mauricio Pochettino says he is refreshed, recharged and ready to return to management

He and his staff have completed their gardening leave and are looking for a new challenge

‘It has been an amazing time to review everything, organise again our ideas, plan the future to try to compete better, try to learn from our experience and look forward for the next job. 

‘You need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears.

‘We love England. We have our house and our home here. The people are respectful.

The former Spurs boss says he loves England and managing in the Premier League is a priority

‘The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is one of the options. 

‘It can be my priority, but I am not closed to move to a different country. I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project.’

His search for a ‘project’ may encourage the Saudis trying to take over Newcastle, but after four years’ experience in the Champions League he will more likely be looking to Europe’s established elite.




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