Mauricio Pochettino was relieved of his position at Tottenham, so we look at which clubs are likely to be in the hunt for his signature.
Top 5 Mauricio Pochettino destinations? Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur just six months after leading the club to the Champions League final. Spurs have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League.
Former Southampton boss Pochettino guided Tottenham to the League Cup final in his first full season while two third-placed finishes sandwiched a runners-up spot in the Premier League in 2017. As well as leading Spurs to a runners-up finish in last season’s Champions League he also took them to fourth in the league, although they did only manage to win three of their final 12 league games.
He also had to contend with playing home games at Wembley for 18 months while the club’s new ground was built and his impressive results despite this led to links with Real Madrid and Manchester United. However, Spurs have failed to build on the promise of recent seasons this term. As well as their disappointing league form, they were knocked out of the League Cup by League Two side Colchester and hammered 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Top 5 Mauricio Pochettino destinations
Real Madrid? Barcelona? Bayern Munich? Manchester United? Mauricio Pochettino next destination? Let’s take a look at what the bookmakers have to say about this.
5. Barcelona – 8/1 odds to become Pochettino next destination
Barcelona has got to be an option should Ernesto Valverde leave the Nou Camp. However, citing his loyalty to Espanyol, Pochettino has previously claimed he would not wish to coach Barca – not to mention Lionel Messi. However, should the Catalan giants come calling, it may be difficult for Pochettino to turn down the opportunity to take the helm at Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde appeared to be on the brink of losing his job following last season’s Champions League capitulation and defeat in the Copa del Rey final. With Barca stuttering in both La Liga and the Champions League so far this term, Valverde – who does not seem to be too popular with the club’s fanbase – could well be on borrowed time now Pochettino is available.
Probably the least likely in this list but not totally out of the question.
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4. PSG – 8/1 odds to become Pochettino next destination
As a former player at PSG, Pochettino will always be linked with the big-spending French club. PSG have always got to be thrown into the mix, although at the time of writing Thomas Tuchel’s position looks pretty secure with the French giants eight points clear at the summit of Ligue 1, and five points better off than Real Madrid – who they thrashed 3-0 – at the top of their Champions League group.
We know the club’s owners and fans demand Champions League success, so if they yet again collapse in the knockout-stages Tuchel could be gone in the summer even with a league title under his belt. One things for sure, if he’s appointed, Pochettino would put himself in a great position to win trophies.