Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino is not particularly keen on taking over at Newcastle United and instead has his eye on the biggest jobs in Europe.
Pochettino has been out of work since parting ways with Tottenham back in November but the Argentine has been heavily liked with the managerial hot seat at Newcastle.
The Argentine is said to be the club’s prospective new owners’ prefered choice to replace Steve Bruce at the helm (Sky Sports), with some reports even indicating that the 48-year-old has all but agreed to take over at the North East (Le10Sport).
Guillem Balague, who authored ‘Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs’, expressed doubts about the reports linking the Argentine coach with the Magpies job last week.
The journalist has now revealed that the former Spurs boss has his eye on the Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich managerial positions.
However, he did not exactly rule out Pochettino potentially joining Newcastle.
Balague said on his YouTube channel: “Of course, you can have your opinion about the owners of Newcastle and what it means for states to buy football clubs, you can have all that opinion.
“But then a coach will have an offer that will include developing a club, developing facilities, doing a lot of things that attracts the coach and the coach may take that decision to actually go for it.
“But at the moment my understanding is that the conversation hasn’t taken place.
“I think he’s waiting for an opportunity at a big club, Bayern Munich or Juventus or PSG, but then you see that PSG are going to renew Tuchel I believe, if it hasn’t happened yet, obviously Bayern Munich will continue with Flick, and you’ve got Real Madrid with Zidane for now.
“So right now it doesn’t seem anything is going to happen for the next six months, in which case other things may enter the equation and your ideas. But that’s where we stand at the moment.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Pochettino to Newcastle United just does not seem like the right fit. The Argentine does not have a great record when it comes to transfers and usually prefers working with younger players. Additionally, after five and a half years at Spurs, he needs to go somewhere where he can compete for trophies straight away. It will take a few years for Newcastle to get to that level.
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