Newcastle United have reportedly shortlisted Mauricio Pochettino as one of four managers who could take over from Steve Bruce in the coming months – and Guillem Balague has commented on the Argentine’s potential move to Tyneside.
ESPN claimed in an exclusive on Tuesday that Tottenham had placed Pochettino on a managerial shortlist, as a takeover of the Premier League side is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The new owners have already compiled a shortlist.
Pochettino is one of four names on the shortlist, as well as former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is also an option, as is out-of-work gaffer Max Allegri – who was last in charge of Juventus.
Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Balague held a Q&A session on his Youtube channel, and he commented on the reported Newcastle interested in Pochettino – who is yet to return to football since being sacked by Tottenham in November 2019.
“I don’t think so,” Balague said, when asked if Pochettino could be tempted by a move. “Pochettino is in that position where he does not have to rush his next step. I’ve said already, I think it will be very difficult for him to get a job now.
“Something will appear. It could be Manchester City after Pep Guardiola leaves, could be PSG after [Thomas] Tuchel leaves. Could be Madrid after [Zinedine] Zidane. Newcastle, I just don’t see it. It will be interesting to see the new owners’ approach.
“Agents have been made aware that there is money. In terms of Rafa Benitez, I have not heard anything.”
TBR’s view – Would Pochettino be a good addition as Newcastle boss?
Without a doubt. Pochettino has already starred as Tottenham manager, becoming an icon among supporters and cretaing a family-like feel among his Spurs squad. Things turned sour towards the end, but that is down to Daniel Levy.
He starred as manager of Spurs in the Premier League, as he did at Southampton. On a tight budget under Levy, Pochettino made Spurs a top-four side, and in with a shout of the title. With money, he could do great things with Newcastle.
But Steve Bruce must not be forgotten in the speculation. He has done a wonderful job as manager so far, and surely deserves the chance to remain in the hotseat.