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Mauricio Pochettino: Has former Tottenham boss made intentions clear?

After five years in North London, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham parted ways in November 2019. In those five years, he took a mediocre side that were spineless and struggled for consistency, to one that challenged regularly for silverware. Granted there was nothing to show for it at the end of his tenure. Yet, the Argentine’s rebuild project from what he began with cannot be forgotten. Now, it seems like one of the best manager’s currently available has his sights firmly on a return to England.

“To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.”

Mauricio Pochettino on a return to the Premier League

Sky Sports reported that Pochettino admitted he would love to return to the Premier League. Which club in the top flight is able to attract him, can afford his salary and is in desperate need for a manager? Oh yes: Manchester United. This is perhaps the clearest sign yet that the former Spurs boss wants a crack at the United job. In the space of seven years, it has gone from the most wanted job in world football to a poison chalice. But it seems like the chaos at Old Trafford isn’t putting Poch off.

Mauricio Pochettino – All signs point towards Manchester

These latest remarks by the former defender will increase the already mounting pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Speculation about your future at the club can go in two directions. Either the Norwegian crumbles and is relieved of his duties. Or these rumours give him a point to prove and drives a spell of good results. Based on what we’ve seen from Solskjaer’s tactical ineptitude and his entire time as permanent United manager, I suspect it’s the former…

Though Pochettino hasn’t explicitly suggested the Red Devils or even mentioned them, it’s hard to see where else he would go. Guardiola and Klopp aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Obviously Mourinho replaced him and Chelsea have gone for a change of direction with Frank Lampard. Arsenal was an option at the time of Poch’s dismissal. But now with what you’d think is a long term vision by appointing a young Mikel Arteta, the Emirates looks out of question. All signs are pointing towards the red of Manchester.

Mauricio Pochettino with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

With United in 8th and at risk of going NINE POINTS behind Chelsea next Monday, it’s hard to see how Solskjaer can save his job without a top four finish. The Europa League perhaps? Potentially, especially with Pogba and McTominay getting closer to returning alongside, of course, the addition of Bruno Fernandes in January. Oh, and Odion Ighalo. There’s a good squad there, it’s a just a question of getting the best out of them.

No naivety from Poch

After the publicly known friction with Daniel Levy during his time in North London, you would suspect Pochettino wants control, as well as backing from the board. More specifically, transfer policy. Ed Woodward’s track record with managerial appointments is appalling. Not just with their results on the pitch, but also his relationships with them. Mourinho made no secret of the fact he wanted backing to sign a central defender in the lead up to his final season at the club. Yet this was refused by the board, only for them to sign Harry Maguire for £80 million the following summer.

Mauricio Pochettino will know about Jose Mourinho's struggle with the board

I suspect Mauricio Pochettino isn’t naive to the increased public scrutiny on the Glazers regarding their ambition. Or the directionless incoherence of United’s transfer policy under Woodward. So, amidst the dream of managing a club the size and stature of Manchester United, he’s smart enough to make these demands. If not, there’s no shortage of clubs in Europe that would want him. So based on that, although he supposedly wants the job, I’m not fully convinced he’ll agree terms with United. Either way, it will be an interesting summer for Solskjaer, Pochettino and Woodward…

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