Who will be Mauricio Pochettino’s next club?
The Argentine is available after his sacking at Spurs and there are plenty of suitors already eyeing up the 47-year-old.
After five mostly stellar seasons in North London, Poch is unlikely to be short of offers as he eyes up his next move.
We look at the most likely contenders below…
Pochettino Next Club Contenders: Who Will He Choose?
A case of right job, wrong time?
In theory, the Bayern post looks perfect for Poch if he wants to dispel the myth he’s a manager who doesn’t win trophies. However, with the Argentine still reeling from his shock sacking from Spurs, this job may have simply come too early.
With Bayern looking for a manager who can deliver instant results after their sluggish start to the Bundesliga season, would they take the gamble on a manager with no experience in German football? His lack of German language skills may also count against him.
Could Pochettino’s next club be closer to home? Man Utd have been long-term admirers of Poch’s managerial abilities and may find his sudden availability on the market too much to resist.
For now, club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still retains the support of the board. If Utd continue to stutter, however, there may be no room for sentiment if Poch remains in play heading into the second half of the season.
At 6/4 to take on the Utd job, he looks the nature fit to fill the Old Trafford hotseat – if Ole continues to fluff his lines.
He wouldn’t… would he?
It would be the most controversial Premier League move since Harry Redknapp switched directly from Portsmouth to Southampton, but with Unai Emery skating on thin ice at the Emirates, even Arsenal fans might bite their tongues and welcome Spurs’ most successful manager of recent times with open arms if he can help them escape their current malaise.
He wouldn’t have to move which adds even more appeal – but would he dare take the plunge? Some of the best football betting odds in terms of value can be found in the next manager markets, and he’s currently 3/1 with Marathonbet to end up at the Emirates.
It’s arguably the biggest job in European football – and Poch would surely find the Real Madrid job impossible to resist should a vacancy arise this winter. Speculation continues to mount about Zinedine Zidane’s long-term future at the Bernabéu despite a respectable start to this season, and Madrid have shown in years gone by even success isn’t necessarily a barrier to them making a change at the top if required.
With Zidane’s relationship with Real chairman Florentino Perez reportedly frosty, Madrid may be dipping into the managerial marketplace sooner than we think. Poch’s availability could put him in pole position.
Despite being on course for yet another Ligue 1 title, Thomas Tuchel remains a man under pressure at the Parc Des Princes. With a well-deserved reputation for choking in European competition, it’s a sustained Champions League run or bust for the 46-year-old this season. On that score, Tuchel looks more than safe for now with PSG cruising into the knockout stages.
However, after Christmas it could be a different story. If the French champions suffer another embarrassing early exit, that could lead to Tuchel’s spell in Paris being cut short – potentially paving the way for a rejuvenated Poch to step in. His Champions League pedigree from last season’s run to the final would surely play hugely in his favour.
AN EXTENDED BREAK?
Could Poch follow in the footsteps of two of his contemporaries, Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, and make the most of some down time?
Seven years is a lifetime in Premier League management terms.
After his spells with Southampton and Spurs, the Argentine looks like a man in need of an extended break after a disappointing end to his tenure at Tottenham.
Pep famously took a break after his all-conquering spell at Barcelona before pitching up at Bayern Munich, while Jurgen Klopp took over three months out after leaving Borussia Dortmund out before being tempted back by Liverpool.
Poch might be wise to recharge his batteries and sit things out until next season.
Where should Pochettino head next?
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