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Manchester United and PSG chasing Pochettino

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League, Ligue 1 12 Nov 2017

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has established a big reputation for himself in north London. Some are talking about the Argentine as one of the best coaches in world football. The former Southampton boss is now in-demand, as according to the Daily Express both Manchester United and PSG are interested in hiring the 45-year-old this summer.

Pochettino has done an incredible job at Tottenham

The interest from elsewhere is unsurprising considering what he has achieved at Spurs. Pochettino has turned Tottenham into a team capable of challenging at the top without spending hundreds of millions.

The fact that Tottenham remains title challengers is incredible considering the amount of money spent by their title rivals in recent years.

However, much of Tottenham’s relative success is due to Pochettino’s managerial acumen. One particular area that the Argentine thrives in is youth development. He helps players fulfil their potential and thrive in the Premier League, a skill that most Premier League clubs like in their bosses.

The consensus is that Pochettino is an expert man-manager. The morale in Tottenham squad always seems high, despite the fact that the Argentinian demands a lot from his players. Not only is Pochettino winning games and friends. His team are producing a very attractive style of football in the process.

PSG could be the key to Pochettino’s movement

Ironically, what happens in Paris at PSG could well have a massive influence on any movement involving Pochettino next summer.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has recently stated he may be interested in the top job at big-spending PSG. Spanish boss Unai Emery is under massive pressure to deliver this season in the French capital after a disappointing campaign last season.

However, if he fails to fulfil expectations this season, which reportedly means making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, then the former Valencia boss is likely to exit the French club.

That would mean a vacancy in Paris or maybe a vacancy at Old Trafford if Mourinho joined PSG. Pochettino is on the wanted list of both clubs. If Mourinho decides to stay in Manchester, then PSG may move for the Argentinian.

If PSG move for Mourinho, then Pochettino may take over at United. Either would spell bad news for Tottenham, as the Argentinian would be very hard to replace.

It would be hard for Spurs to hire a boss who is as talented a coach as Pochettino. There are not many coaches in world football that could have got Tottenham where they are now, even if they have failed to win silverware.

Pochettino may consider move

Mauricio Pochettino has moved Tottenham to the next level during his tenure in north London. Spurs are odds of 14/1 to win the Premier League title, which looks unlikely due to Manchester City’s red-hot form at present.

Pochettino has done a great job at Tottenham. However, the north London club has a financial glass ceiling when it comes to the sort of players they can sign.

Signing young players and developing them into stars has been Tottenham recipe for success in recent years. Good recruitment paired with Pochettino’s coaching ability has made Tottenham a force in the Premier League.

However, there is only so long you can carry on developing your own talent. It is the harsh reality that you do not win big trophies without spending vast amounts of money on transfer fees and wages.

The obvious exception was Leicester City. However, the Foxes title triumph is a story that is unlikely to be repeated in the history of the English top-flight.

Surely, Pochettino will look at the resources at the likes of PSG and Manchester United and wonder what he could achieve with bigger financial backing.

The Argentinian may feel like he has taken Tottenham as far as he can. However, he may also be perfectly happy at Spurs. Unfortunately, it seems doubtful he will ever win the big trophies at the north London club, which may make him consider a summer move.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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