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Newcastle offer to Mauricio Pochettino confirmed by Tottenham legend

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Argentine legend Ossie Ardiles has confirmed that Mauricio Pochettino has been tempted by an offer to become Newcastle manager.

Ardiles, the former Tottenham midfielder, has revealed that a deal is on the table for the ex-Spurs boss to take over from Steve Bruce at St James' Park once the proposed £300million Saudi Arabia takeover of the Toon is confirmed.

Ardiles, 67, is close friends with Poch and still lives in London.

He insists that a move to Tyneside is now on the cards for the 48-year-old now he has no contractual obligation to hand back some of the compensation he was paid earlier this season when he was sacked.

Ardiles said: “Mauricio is fine in England.

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“He is linked with Newcastle United and when he spoke directly to that club there were many first-rate people involved who made him a good offer.

“Mauricio had a (contractual) relationship with Tottenham, but last Tuesday his situation was unlocked and he is free to coach.

“In this way, he will hear offers again, but Newcastle is a firm possibility to work again.

“He will take his time to think and wait a little for all this to happen.”

Ardiles, who is now an ambassador for Tottenham, believes the Magpies will get one of the top three managers in the world if they can tempt Pochettino to Tyneside.

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A decision on whether the Middle East takeover of the Toon meets with Premier League approval is expected this week.

And Ardiles said: “Mauricio is an absolutely top-level technician.

“He is one of the three best technicians in the world.

“He can manage wherever he wants. Here, or in Spain, in France or Italy.

“But he really likes managing in England. There are a few very large teams that can appoint him - and one of them is going to be chosen.”

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Ardiles added: “For now Pochettino is not going to manage in Argentina.

“He had an approach, there was talk at the time of the national team, but he was very happy at Tottenham.

“I don't see it happening now. Maybe later in his career, yes, but not now.

“I would recommend Mauricio for any job in the world. He is an excellent person.”

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