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Three reasons Tottenham job is better than Manchester United move for Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as Manchester United’s top long-term managerial contender and there is an assumption that Ed Woodward will spend much of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim period trying to entice the Argentine to Old Trafford.

But why would Pochettino want to make the move? We’ve taken a look at three things keeping him at Tottenham…

An exciting side in his own image

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Pochettino has cleared the deadwood he inherited at Tottenham and now has a young, energetic squad all attuned with his demands.


At United, he would have to go back to square one; having a major clear out and putting his philosophy across all over again and would likely be unable to assemble a squad so packed full of promising talent.

The prospect of a new era

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Even if he succeeded at United, Pochettino would only be viewed as the man who took United back to where they feel they belong to be.

Would he be as adored as he is at Tottenham? In north London, he is already the man who has established Spurs as a top four force and now he has the chance to be the man who leads them into a new era.

His reputation

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Three very good managers have now failed at United and, in truth, got nowhere near the standard required.

That hints that the problems go deeper than just the man in the dug-out; the infrastructure at the club, boardroom decisions and the quality and professionalism of the players all have to be examined when the same problems span across multiple managerial reigns.

Pochettino may not fancy risking his reptuation on a job that may well have just hammered the final nail in the coffin of the career of football’s most serial modern winner; especially when it is such an exciting time at Tottenham.

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