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Mauricio Pochettino to Newcastle? Former Tottenham boss insists Premier League job is a ‘priority’ amid links to Magpies

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The Argentine is no longer on the payroll at Tottenham following his sacked from the north London club back in November, which means interested clubs no longer need to pay compensation to appoint him.

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Tottenham recently ended Mauricio Pochettino’s gardening leave, and he is now ready for his next job

The 48-year-old has been strongly linked with taking over from Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager in their £300million Saudi Arabia-backed takeover goes through.

Speculation about a move to Manchester United has also never gone away, while his former Spurs defender Danny Rose recently said he believes his old coach will end up at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid have also been suitors in the past.

And while Pochettino has not ruled out joining a foreign club, he has given his biggest indication yet that his next job will see him back in the Premier League.

“After six months, our tanks are completely full,” he said.

“I have tried with my coaching staff to review everything that we did in the last seven years [including Southampton] because we never had a break until now.

“It has been an amazing time to review everything, to start to organise again our ideas to plan the future, to try to compete better, to try to learn from our experience and of course looking forward for the next job because that is very dynamic [fast-changing], football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears, the new chapter in your professional life.



Mauricio Pochettino will surely have no shortage of suitors after his brilliant work at Spurs, as he is pictured here celebrating their miraculous Champions League semi-final comeback against Ajax

“Of course in my mind, I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project rather than the country. It’s about the club and of course the people, the human dimension… maybe you can stick with people that you are going to enjoy working with. We are so open.

“Of course we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London. I am not going change [my feelings] now because I am not involved in the Premier League.

“Because I am no longer the Tottenham manager, I am not going to change my vision.

“I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot. Of course, it’s one of the options. Of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.”

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Not only is it his love of the English game that is pointing towards staying in this country, it is also his personal circumstances, with his two sons Sebastiano and Maurizio living in London still, despite the family having a home in Barcelona.

“We have our house and our home here,” he added. “We feel very good for the future in this country. People are very respectful. Football is so exciting.

“It’s difficult to move to Barcelona. And then my kids. Maurizio is playing for Tottenham, Sebastiano has a girlfriend here in London.

“The family is moving around here in London. At the moment my idea is to stay here, live in London – me, myself and my family.”

The work Pochettino did at Spurs, establishing them as a top-four side and taking them to the Champions League final, is sure to earn him a different level of opportunity and he is dreaming of the ‘perfect project’.

Newcastle could fit that bill, with their prospective new owners apparently ready to bank-roll a rebuild to make the Magpies contenders again.



Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with replacing Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager

He admits, though, that the coronavirus crisis has made his future uncertain.

“Always, you dream of the perfect club. The perfect project,” he said. “It’s difficult to discover until… the project is not on the table. It’s difficult to assess.

“From outside, it’s difficult to measure the capacity of the clubs, the capacity of the players, the squad. You need to share ideas in the moment that some club approaches you and start to talk.

“To try to find if the project is a good fit or not.

“Today we are going to live a completely different era in football that we need to discover. It’s difficult to know what project is going to be the right project.

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“There are many things, at the moment, that we have in our minds about how things are going to be after this virus hopefully disappears, but how are these clubs or companies, because that’s what they are, going to be? It’s a big question mark.

“That’s why it’s so difficult. We are a coaching staff that are open to listen to all the projects, all the people. We are learning and sharing ideas.

“You never know when it’s going to be the motivation or the inspiration to say, ‘Oh, they are the right people, and you want to be with them or their club’.

“We are very receptive to listen to all the people because every single conversation we can learn from and maybe we can see a motivation to go with them.”

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