‘You never know’ – Pochettino backtracks on claims he wouldn’t manage Barcelona

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Mauricio Pochettino
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Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his regret at previously suggesting that he would rather work on a farm in Argentina than managing Barcelona.

The former Spurs manager has been without work since parting ways with the North London club back in November 2019.

The Argentine was heavily linked with the Newcastle United hot seat (Sky Sports) but with the club’s takeover offer being withdrawn (BBC Sport), that move now appears to be dead in the water.

Meanwhile, Marca claimed last month that the 48-year-old has already rejected offers from multiple European clubs as he continues to wait for the right project.

It has now emerged that Pochettino is on Barcelona’s radar this summer, as the club could sack Quique Setien of they fail to win the Champions League this season (Express).

In an interview to EL Pais, the former Tottenham manager has now hinted that he could be open to a move to the La Liga giants

Pochettino previously said when he was in charge of Barca’s local rivals, Espanyol, that he would rather work in a farm back in his homeland than sign for the Catalan giants.

When asked about those comments, the former Spurs boss has now said: “We have to explain it well. I was in Barcelona that year and I met Bartomeu in a bar.

“We greeted each other because we were taking the children to the same school and we were talking for five minutes.

“That generated a rumour that set off alarms because there were more teams that wanted us, and when they asked me I wanted to settle it drastically; I did not want to disrespect Barcelona.

“You can say things differently. Espanyol has made a name for me. But I’m not arrogant and I didn’t like making a statement like that.

“Maybe now I wouldn’t because in life you never know what will happen.”

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Perhaps having had almost ten months out of football has got Pochettino to reconsider his stance on managing Barca. The Argentine has been unfortunate as he likely would have already landed a top job in Europe if the pandemic had not hit. I still suspect Barcelona will go for Xavi and that Pochettino will have to wait until the start of next season before one of the top jobs in Europe opens up again.

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