Former Tottenham midfielder Gus Poyet has backed Mauricio Pochettino to return to management soon but suggested that the former Spurs boss may not be willing to wait long enough to be an option for Real Madrid.
Tottenham parted ways with Pochettino back in November after the side made a poor start to the season and were showing no signs of mounting a recovery having dropped to the unfamiliar position of fourteenth in the Premier League.
The club decided to replace the Argentine with Jose Mourinho and results have improved since the arrival of the Portuguese coach.
Poyet feels that while the 47-year-old is one of the most in-demand names in football, Real Madrid are unlikely to be his next club after claiming that the former Espanyol boss could find himself at another European giant before Zidane departs.
When quizzed on the possibility of Pochettino joining Madrid, Poyet told Tribal Football: “Sometimes you need timing. I remember they were talking about him when Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid and now Zidane is back.
“If that was the option then you’re going to have to wait and I don’t think Mauricio will want to wait too long. As soon as one of the big clubs loses their manager Pochettino will be there or thereabouts.
“He should be the first name, maybe Max Allegri and Pochettino, the top two now who go into the next big job.”
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I would expect Poch to start next season as the manager of a big club. At this point, I believe Manchester United is his most likely next destination as they will likely move Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on and I believe it is the sort of project that Pochettino will want to take on.
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