According to Sky Sports News, Mauricio Pochettino is “keen on a return to the Premier League” and “known to be interested” in taking the job at St James’ Park once a £300m takeover is completed.
This comes after some Sky Sports ‘breaking news’ claimed this lunchtime that the available Argentinian has been named the Saudis ‘no.1 target’ – stating they’re willing to pay him a staggering £19m-yer-year to bring him to Tyneside.
Interestingly, Sky also cite his “impressive rebuilding project” at Spurs as a reason for the would-be owner’s serious interest, with him turning Spurs into genuine Premier League contenders and Champions League regulars – with him leading them to the UCL final in 2019.
Here’s some footage from Sky Sports News – who confirm he’s ‘interested in the role’ – along with a snippet from their latest piece on the Argentinian:
‘Mauricio Pochettino is Newcastle’s prospective new owners’ number one choice to be the next manager at St James’ Park and they are willing to pay him £19m a year to take charge of the club.
‘The former Tottenham manager, out of work since last November, is keen on a return to the Premier League and is known to be interested in the role.
‘Steve Bruce will remain as manager until the end of the current campaign, although it remains unclear as to when that will be.
‘The likelihood is that the Argentine would take charge once the season has concluded.
‘No decision from Pochettino or the Saudi-backed consortium is expected before the Premier League determines whether to allow the £300m takeover of the club from Mike Ashley.
‘Newcastle’s prospective owners have been impressed by the rebuilding project carried out by Pochettino during his five-year tenure at Spurs, taking them to the Champions League final in 2019.‘
Some may have missed it in the frenzy that followed such exciting claims from Sky, but they insist that Steve Bruce will remain in the job until the end of the season.
With this in mind, it seems Pochettino’s potential arrival wouldn’t come anytime soon – unless the 2019/20 Premier League season is deemed null and void, that is.
From Ashley and Bruce to the richest owners in world football and Pochettino?
I don’t want to get too carried away as it’s early days yet, but I think I need to add a few more cans to my online ASDA order..