Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that he is prepared to be patient until the right managerial opportunity opens up.

Pochettino has been without work since departing Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season and his name has understandably been linked with several jobs since then.

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90 min  reported last month that Aston Villa tried to appoint the 50-year-old before they made a move for Unai Emery but the publication claimed that the former Tottenham boss was unwilling to take over at Villa Park since he was eyeing a return to Lilywhites in the near future.

Pochettino admitted in an interview to The Athletic last week that he would be open to taking over as England manager. According to reports, Gareth Southgate’s future could be in doubt if England fail to live up to expectations in Qatar (Telegraph). 

The former Tottenham manager has now hinted that he is not in a rush to jump into his next job.

When asked about the speculation linking him with the Real Madrid hot seat, Pochettino told Marca: “Football is about timing. There are moments that have to coincide for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing.

“I don’t believe in trains (chances) passing only once. I believe that sometimes you have to have the necessary patience and you have to know how to wait.

“It is true that my name has always been linked to big clubs. I have a lot of respect for the professionals and it’s hard for me to sell myself, that’s a job for you.”

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I suspect the reason Pochettino took the PSG job was that he grew tired of waiting and was desperate to return to management again.  The job never seemed like a good fit for the Argentine and that is exactly how it proved to be. 

The 50-year-old would have likely learned his lesson from that experience and will be very picky with his next project given the importance of getting it right to maintain a reputation as a ‘top’ manager.

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