After spending five and a half years at Tottenham Hotspur working on somewhat of a shoestring budget, most football fans would certainly be interested in seeing what Mauricio Pochettino could achieve with sufficient transfer funds at his disposal.
Danny Rose, who has a close relationship with the Argentine revealed recently that he expects the former Spurs boss to join an elite club like Manchester United on his return to management (Lockdown Tactics Podcast via Football.London).
However, reports over recent weeks have suggested that Pochettino could be close to accepting the Newcastle United job if the Magpies’ proposed takeover is complete (Le10Sport).
The 48-year-old has now opened up on the requirements he is looking for at his next job and insisted that the transfer kitty he is handed will not have a major impact on the club he chooses to join.
When asked if having more money to invest in the squad will appeal to him, Pochettino told Sky Sports: “I don’t think too much about that. For me, it is about the human capital, that you need to stick with us. After that all is possible, you can deal with everything.
“If we are going to talk about budgets or money, football is not about that. Of course, it helps but when you start to work towards your objectives, you need to be clever in the way that you are going to sign this.
“If you want to win the Champions League and Premier League or be competitive, you need to be creative, clever and assign a philosophy that is different to others.”
The former Tottenham boss also insisted that he is open to joining a club outside the top six as the top positions in the Premier League are fluid and every club is capable of competing at the top end of the table.
When asked if he would consider a proposal from a club outside the top six, the Argentine added: “The problem is which club are top six? It always changes. Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six. You need to respect all the clubs.
“They are all working so hard, investing and spending money. They all assign a new strategy each season to reach the top four, top six or top eight.
“You cannot underestimate any person, any institute or any club. That is why the Premier League is one of the toughest – all the clubs have the capacity to find a way to be competitive.”
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It certainly sounds like he is very much open to taking over at Newcastle United if he finds the project interesting. I am actually not sure if Pochettino would fare much better if he is given a lot of money to spend as his record in the transfer market at Tottenham was a bit hit and miss.
Throughout his managerial career so far, he has had more success working with younger players as they are more likely to buy into his methods completely, rather than established stars.
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