Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has warned Mauricio Pochettino not to repeat David Moyes’ mistake and jump into a job too early amidst reports linking him with Newcastle United.
Since being sacked by Spurs in November, Pochettino has been linked with several high-profile jobs around Europe including the managerial hot seats at Manchester United (the Mirror), Manchester City (the Express) and Real Madrid (Independent).
However, the Argentine still finds himself still being paid his £8.5million a year salary after being placed on gardening leave by Daniel Levy (The Sun).
Pochettino is said to be one of the leading contenders for the Newcastle United job after if proposed £300 million takeover receives the green light (Eurosport France journalist, Manu Lonjon).
Burley believes that the former Spurs boss is in a difficult position as he would not want to wait too long before returning to work.
At the same time, he urged the 48-year-old not to repeat David Moyes’ mistake by jumping into a job which might not be the best fit for him.
Speaking to ESPN FC, the former Scottish international said: “The problem for him (Pochettino) is that the jobs that might have been out there three months ago or when he left Tottenham, it doesn’t look like the Manchester United job is going to come up.
“It doesn’t look like – due to the coronavirus pandemic – many of them are going to come up.
“Juventus look like they’re going to stick with Sarri, potentially the PSG job might come up. Real Madrid aren’t going to change their manager.
“He’s sat there, Pochettino, as a relatively young manager who wants to get back in there relatively quickly, but make the right decision.
“We saw David Moyes get the job at Manchester United, it didn’t go well for him and he got the sack, he rushed back into a few other jobs, and it went horribly wrong.
“For Pochettino, he’s got to make the right decision. But also, how long does he stay and wait for another job?
“He’s sitting there and he’s running out of options, and the longer you’re out of the game, more people forget about you, it’s as simple as that.
“It’ll be an interesting six months for Newcastle.”
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Pochettino is a clever operator and he will ensure that his next project is one where he can go in and win trophies straight away. I don’t think he will be ready to accept another project similar to the one he had at Spurs where his primary objective would be making Newcastle Champions League regulars, which is going to take a good few years.
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