Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has potentially opened the door to taking over at Barcelona, after previously ruling out ever coaching the Blaugrana.
Pochettino, who was sacked as Tottenham boss in November, has been without a job since and has been enjoying his time away from the game.
Of course, the Argentine will be patiently waiting for a route back into the game that suits his ambitions and he was recently linked with taking over at Newcastle United before their Saudi takeover collapsed and several clubs in Italy are also said to be keen.
However, Barcelona always seemed a good fit for Pochettino, especially amid their current troubles.
But Pochettino is a former Espanyol player and manager and in 2017, after rumours of taking over at the Nou Camp emerged, the Argentine ruled out ever taking over at Barcelona. As reported by The Guardian, he compared it to taking over at Arsenal after coaching Tottenham, labelling it ‘impossible’.
But speaking to El Pais this weekend, Pochettino has backtracked on those statements.
“I was in Barcelona that year and I met (Barcelona president, Josep Maria) Bartomeu in a bar,” the Argentine explained. “We greeted each other because we were taking the children to the same school and we were talking for five minutes. That generated a rumor that set off alarms because there were more teams that wanted us, and when they asked me I wanted to settle it drastically.
“I did not want to disrespect Barcelona. I could have said things differently. Espanyol has made a name for me. But I’m not arrogant and I didn’t like making a statement like that. Maybe now I wouldn’t because in life you never know what will happen.”
Pochettino would undoubtedly be a good fit for Barcelona, who are struggling to find their best football under the current management of Quique Setien.
The news that Pochettino is now open to the move will be a huge boost to Barcelona fans, whilst Tottenham fans will no doubt wish him well if he was to take such a massive job.
Time will tell if Barcelona do end up making another move for Pochettino. But if they do, it will represent quite the reversal from the Espanyol mad Argentine.