Ex-midfielder tips Premier League club in bottom half of table to appoint Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino

Former Newcastle United midfielder, Mick Martin, believes that Mauricio Pochettino would be the perfect appointment for the Magpies to make once their takeover is complete.

A £300 million takeover of Newcastle has reportedly been agreed, subject to Premier League approval, and an announcement is expected to be made soon by the club (Chronicle Live).

The majority of the backing is said to be coming from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, who will reportedly acquire an 80 per cent stake in the club.

Mauricio Pochettino has been without work since being sacked by Tottenham back in November 2019 after the team made a poor start to the season.

He has been linked with several high-profile jobs recently including the managerial hot seats at Manchester United (the Mirror), Manchester City (the Express) and Real Madrid (Independent).

However, journalist Guillem Balague has suggested that the Argentine will have to wait for a while longer before a big job opens up.

Despite this, Martin believes that the former Spurs boss could be the man to help attract top players to Newcastle if the club receives an injection of cash following the takeover.

Speaking to the Express, the former Magpies midfielder said: “While I was a big fan of Benitez, I wouldn’t be chasing him for the job. He jumped ship and went to China for the money, and I was hugely disappointed.

“Steve came in and I was one who was saying, ‘It’s going to be hard work for him’. But I could understand him taking the job because he’s a Geordie.

“I have to stress, I think Steve has done a great job and the players have responded well to him. But if the takeover happens, I think Steve might be vulnerable. I think there could be huge changes.

“If so, I might be looking at the likes of Pochettino. He knows big players, he knows South America and he knows Europe. He’s a big name in the game.

“If you’re looking for trophies, you look to tempt big players, like Kevin Keegan did when he was manager here the first time around. He signed people like Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and David Ginola.”

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I can’t see this one happening as I believe Pochettino will want his next job to have a different profile to the one he had at Spurs. I doubt he would want to spend another four or five years helping Newcastle establish themselves as a top-four side when he can ideally go to a club like PSG or Real Madrid and win major trophies straight away.

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