Mauricio Pochettino’s dream was to land the Manchester United job, but it surely has turned out to be a dwelling nightmare for the Paris Saint-Germain boss.
The Argentine was the clear frontrunner for the Previous Trafford gig when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was axed six months in the past, but it surely seems the Crimson Devils have gone in one other route. Erik ten Hag has verbally agreed to be the next United manager as he’s set to depart Ajax on the finish of the season, and can signal a three-year deal.
The Athletic claims that senior officers at United had been impressed with what Pochettino supplied but it surely was finally Ten Hag’s ability to win silverware that gave him the sting over the previous Tottenham head coach.
So what comes subsequent for Pochettino? PSG had been blissful to facilitate his potential transfer to Previous Trafford hinting that his time is up on the Parc des Princes. Listed below are 5 potential touchdown spots for him.
Hypothesis is rife that Carlo Ancelotti will depart Real Madrid on the finish of the season regardless of the actual fact he’s prone to make them a La Liga title. The Italian additionally guided the Spanish giants to a Champions League semi-final with a victory over Chelsea on Tuesday evening in what’s been a profitable return to the Bernabeu after leaving Everton.
But when Madrid are looking out for a brand new man, they’re going to seemingly flip to Pochettino contemplating they’ve already made two makes an attempt to signal him in recent times. He could be an ideal candidate to guide the inevitable rebuild in Spain’s capital with the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema on the tail finish of their careers.
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If Pochettino needs to expertise a brand new league, the Serie A could be the best vacation spot for him with Juventus reportedly on the lookout for a brand new supervisor. The Turin membership have suffered a disappointing season beneath Massimiliano Allegri with the Italians at present in fourth place within the desk.
Juve are in transition for the time being, nonetheless, however there are query marks over whether or not Allegri is the person to guide the rebuild. Pochettino could be the proper alternative to galvanise them and get them again to being title contenders.
A return to Tottenham appears unlikely however can’t be dominated out both. It’d look rosy for Spurs beneath Antonio Conte for the time being, however that may change in a blink of an eye fixed. Simply ask Inter Milan.
The Italian has already expressed his frustration with the squad at his disposal and who’s to say that is not nonetheless lingering. The silver lining for the north Londoners is that Pochettino is ready within the wings if all of it hits the fan with Conte.
Pochettino has not hidden his need to return to the Premier League and Spurs is a pretty proposition given their profitable time collectively. Let’s not neglect that chairman Daniel Levy tried to carry him again earlier than they turned to Conte so the sensation is clearly mutual.
It appears unthinkable that Chelsea would voluntarily half methods with Thomas Tuchel given what he is achieved at Stamford Bridge in such a brief area of time, however the uncertainty surrounding the brand new membership has put his future unsure.
The Blues nonetheless should appoint new homeowners which suggests there are query marks over each participant and the supervisor on the minute. Tuchel was linked with the Manchester United job final month, consequently, however insists he stays dedicated to Chelsea.
He mentioned: “I’ve mentioned many instances that I like to be right here and this membership has every little thing it must make me blissful. There isn’t any want. We’ve got loads of causes to remain for the time being. I do my greatest and I’ve felt the assist right here within the membership since day one. That makes me really feel secure after which I do my greatest to play my function and push issues ahead.”
Pochettino would definitely come into account if Tuchel departs and though he would entertain a return to England, it stays to be seen if he would be a part of Spurs’ metropolis rivals.
Paris Saint-Germain would not technically rely as a brand new membership however individuals are simply assuming that Pochettino is on the best way out, forgetting he’s nonetheless beneath contract for one more season.
What if he can flip their fortunes round? The Ligue 1 membership are on track to successful the French title, righting the flawed from final 12 months, but it surely’s their success (or lack of) within the Champions League beneath the Argentine is what has been extensively criticised.
PSG suffered an embarrassing collapse in opposition to Actual Madrid however their expertise can’t be questioned. If Pochettino can get the fitting tune out of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – if he stays past subsequent season – who says that each events cannot work issues out.