Former Spurs and Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov has singled out Mauricio Pochettino as the man who can lead our proposed Saudi revolution.
Berbatov, who has in the past admitted to supporting the Toon as a youngster, believes it will make it easier to attract players with a man like Mauricio at the helm.
Here is what the Bulgarian has had to say in full:
‘If the rumours are true, and Newcastle are looking at appointing Mauricio Pochettino, it would be a great move for the team,’
‘If he goes there then it will be the first sign from the new owners, to the players they are targeting, that the club means business.
‘If you put Pochettino in charge at Newcastle and you go and speak to players, trust me they will pay more attention and take the offer seriously, and I’m talking about big players as well.
‘I know Gareth Bale is among those who have been linked with the club. I’m sure Newcastle will want to rebuild with some top names.
‘If the rumours are true, the first thing Pochettino is going to want is a guarantee that they will buy players because he would like to have as many good players as possible at his disposal so that he can achieve the club’s goals.
‘He has already made his name as one of the best coaches in the world. The question is, does Pochettino actually want to go to Newcastle? When you are connected to names like Real Madrid and Manchester United – and I mean no disrespect to Newcastle – there is a bit of a difference there.
‘The biggest factor that would persuade Pochettino to go to St James’ Park would be having the funds to buy players.’
This is an interesting angle to take on Pochettino.
He obviously has the advantage of being associated with an attractive style of play, but in 2020, is it correct to suggest that Pochettino could attract better players than say, a Rafa Benitez – despite having not won anything in his career?
Benitez topped our recent fan poll over the Argentinian, but the results were a lot closer than what I originally thought they’d be, (44% v 33%) which shows that there is an interest there among our supporters should we make a move for the former Spurs man.