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Mauricio Pochettino and Newcastle United could prove to be the perfect match

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He may not have explicitly said it, but Mauricio Pochettino effectively spelled out the message in big letters to Newcastle United during his latest interview: "If you want me, come and get me."

The former Tottenham manager was on top form as he teased the idea of a Premier League return, and seemed to be fluttering his eyelashes towards one club in particular.

Judging by his latest comments, the Argentine is more than ready for his next project after six months out of the game, and the fact that he said he is willing to consider a team outside the top six will be music to the ears of the prospective new Magpies owners.

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It appears only a matter of time before the Amanda Staveley-backed Saudi consortium get the green light from the Premier League to complete their £300m takeover of Newcastle, in the process making them the richest club in England and a potential serious European powerhouse.

And while Steve Bruce deserves great credit for how he has steadied the ship at St James' Park this season following the exit of Rafael Benitez, it is highly likely the new owners will want to make an early statement by bringing in a big-name boss.

Which is where Pochettino comes in.

The Toon Army love having a manager they can idolise at the helm. The likes of Benitez, Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan were adored by supporters during their spells in charge, and even though none brought success in the way of trophies, fans were willing to forgive them as long as they bought into the Georgie tradition and played attractive football.

Which is something Pochettino would certainly do that.

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The 48-year-old has often spoke of the importance of a club's heritage and history, and the challenge of raising this sleeping giant from the dead is one he surely wouldn't be able to resist, especially given the giant transfer funds he would no doubt be provided.

He is also an emotionally-led sort of manager, as was proved when he burst into tears after that Ajax game last season, and there are few clubs quite as emotionally charged as Newcastle, with one of the loudest and proudest fanbases in the land.

Pochettino got a taste of St James' Park in full voice when his Spurs side were humbled 5-1 on the last day of the 2015-2016 season, and the thought of getting the famous old ground rocking on a regular basis would no doubt inspire him.

Loyalty is one of the traits Pochettino values most highly, and he has made it clear in the past that he would never manage Barcelona due to his connections with Espanyol, nor the likes of Arsenal or Chelsea as a result of his time at Spurs.

Newcastle would pose no problem to his morals, however, and the vast majority of Spurs supporters would no doubt wish him well, and give him a hell of a reception on his return to N17.

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One thing that would be hard for them to stomach would be seeing their former idol lifting a trophy with the Magpies. For despite all the praise lauded upon him in the past, that is still the albatross around Pochettino's neck.

He knows that he still has a point to prove, and until he wins something he simply cannot be considered in that top tier of very best managers in the world.

There is a case to be made that he needs Newcastle as much as Newcastle need him, which simply adds to the intrigue of the potential matchup.

Pochettino has done as much flirting as as he can. Now, he must wait for his potential suitors to make the move.

It really could prove to be a match made in heaven.




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