A number of Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Mauricio Pochettino’s Sky Sports interview in which he appears to be open to a St James’ Park switch.
According to a Sky Sports report from late April, the Argentine is the number one choice by the prospective new Newcastle owners to be the next manager at St James’ Park.
The report claims that they are willing to pay Pochettino £19million a year to succeed Steve Bruce at the end of the season – whenever that may be.
The 48-year-old is currently out of work, having been axed by Tottenham Hotspur late last year, but is reportedly still being paid his £8.5million-a-year-salary until he finds another job.
In addition, he is now free to join another club without his prospective employers needing to pay Spurs compensation.
Sky Sports asked Pochettino about what factors are important for his next job, whilst also making a passing reference to interest from Newcastle.
“I need to behave in the way that I did on my first day as a coach,” he replied. “There are two things that are most important – one is the people, the fans that are behind every club. That is the structure that keeps alive all the companies that provide the entertainment that is football.
“The other is the ideas of the clubs. Every single club and company have different cultures, different philosophies, different ways of working. They all have different plans for success. To be successful at one club you need to win the Champions League or Premier League, but for others it is to finish in the top four or six.
“In the end, when we are waiting for a new offer, and we are capable of providing what a club expects from us, we are going to be very happy. Then the important thing is like what happened at Tottenham, that we create a unique philosophy together.”
When asked whether he’d consider a club outside the Premier League top six, Pochettino replied: “The problem is which club are top six? It always changes. Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six.
“You need to respect all the clubs. They are all working so hard, investing and spending money. They all assign a new strategy each season to reach the top four, top six or top eight. You cannot underestimate any person, any institute or any club. That is why the Premier League is one of the toughest – all the clubs have the capacity to find a way to be competitive.”
For a lot of Newcastle fans, Pochettino’s interview ticked all the boxes, and there was plenty of positive reaction on social media:
He wants to be prem. There are no top 6 club jobs available. He’s coming to us
— Dan Snowden (@DanSnowden) May 22, 2020
I’d say he’s nailed on to take over, name a better project than being part of a rejuvenated Toon Army with a powerful financial backing, in a time when money is tight for clubs.
— Brady (@BRADY1892) May 22, 2020
Pochetino will be Newcastle united next manager Mark my words
— Ali.blk?? ??♂️? (@BlackAliblack1) May 22, 2020
The thought of Pochettino managing NUFC really excites me. I know it went sour this season, but Spurs played some of the best football in the league under him, we’d see dominant possession based football with loads of chances created. Oh & by the way, richest club in the world!
— LR_NUFC (@lr_nufc) May 23, 2020
— G:Potz (@GazPottsy) May 22, 2020