Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that remaining in the Premier League remains his priority when he looks for his next managerial job.
The Argentine was dismissed from his role at Tottenham Hotspur in late November after five and a half years in charge of the North London side following a disatrous start to the new campaign which saw them drop to fourteenth in the top flight and also suffer humiliation in cup competitions at the hands of Colchester United and Bayern Munich.
The 48-year-old admitted last month in an interview with BT Sport that he harbours an amibtion to return to Tottenham at some point in the future to finish the work he failed to finish and deliver a trophy for the supporters.
Pochettino has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United with the Magpies the subject of a prospective £300million takeover by the Saudi Public Investment fund (The Sun).
After spending the best part of half a decade in London, Pochettino admits that his family is settled in the capital despite also owning a property in Barcelona.
“After six months, our tanks are completely full,” he told the Bolton News.
“I have tried with my coaching staff to review everything that we did in the last seven years [including Southampton] because we never had a break until now.
“It has been an amazing time to review everything, to start to organise again our ideas to plan the future, to try to compete better, to try to learn from our experience and of course looking forward for the next job because that is very dynamic [fast-changing], football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears, the new chapter in your professional life.
“Of course in my mind, I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project rather than the country. It’s about the club and of course the people, the human dimension… maybe you can stick with people that you are going to enjoy working with. We are so open.
“Of course we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London. I am not going change [my feelings] now because I am not involved in the Premier League.
“Because I am no longer the Tottenham manager, I am not going to change my vision.
“I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot. Of course, it’s one of the options. Of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.”
“We have our house and our home here,” he added. “We feel very good for the future in this country. People are very respectful. Football is so exciting.
“It’s difficult to move to Barcelona. And then my kids. Maurizio is playing for Tottenham, Sebastiano has a girlfriend here in London.
“The family is moving around here in London. At the moment my idea is to stay here, live in London – me, myself and my family.”
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