‘I would like Poch to stay at Spurs’ – Berbatov on United rumours

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Dom Le Roy

The back page headlines have been dominated by one story this week, as Jose Mourinho’s firing opened up a vacant position at Manchester United.

The position has been temporarily filled by interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but that doesn’t guarantee the ex-United striker will be given the job come next summer.

The favourite to take the job permanently is current Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, despite the fact he has expresses no interest in the position, and still have around five years left on his contract in North London.

One man who made the switch from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford has expressed his wishes for Poch to stay put, despite the personal success the move brought him.

When moving to Manchester United, Dimitar Berbatov won titles and even a Premier League golden boot.

However, he believes Tottenham need their head coach to move forward as a club, and London is the place for Pochettino.

He said (Betfair): “Solskjaer has the United job until the end of the season but it’s not the Norwegian who heads the betting for United manager on the first day of next season, that position is held by Mauricio Pochettino.

“I’ve said it before but I would like Pochettino to stay at Spurs. The club needs this coach, they beat Arsenal to make a cup semi-final, they are into the last 16 of the Champions League – things are getting better and better for Spurs and the manager is the key to all of that.

“But at the same time I get the temptation. When a club like United knocks on your door and says they want you, what do you do then? It’s very tempting and you do start thinking about it, trust me.

“I switched from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford and it’s the same for a manager as a player. You ask yourself ‘Am I going to miss my chance? Am I going to pass on my big break?’

“But if you look around realistically at the moment, it’s a funny situation as Spurs are 13 points clear of United in the table and in a better position than their rivals up north.

“For me, I want Solskjaer to stay at United and Pochettino to stay at Spurs. Both guys are young and in a good place right now.”

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