He initially jumps to Steve Bruce’s defence – saying ‘people in football would love to see him be given a chance’ – but insists the new owners must be brutal and look elsewhere if they don’t believe he’s the man to lead their project.
With that in mind, he declares that former Spurs boss Pochettino is “the best possible manager” we may be able to attract, yet warns that he could well have bigger offers this summer; with Man Utd and Real Madrid both linked.
Here’s what he’s had to say on the Sky Sports Football Show this morning:
In all honesty, I believe the soon-to-be new owners would only keep Steve Bruce around until the end of the season to allow him to finish the job he started and officially keep us up.
They also may feel it’s unwise to immediately bin off a ‘local lad’ who some sections of Newcastle fans have grown to respect, with him helping us move 8 points clear of the drop zone prior to the suspension of Premier League football.
That said, he’s rode his luck and would be way out of his depth should the new owners be aiming for the very top, meaning a summer move for a big name player manager to lead this long-term project seems inveitable.
As for Pochettino, I think Carragher’s spot on. The return of Rafa Benitez would also be brilliant to see – I believe he ‘gets it’, deserves a shot under ambitious owners and would bring success to St James’ Park with the right backing – but the Argentinian could see the days of good football return, attract big names and be the perfect man to kickstart a new revolution at Newcastle United.
Who do you think is the ‘best manager’ we are capable of getting once this takeover is announced?