Newcastle United: The impact Pochettino would have on Project Zebra

Mauricio Pochettino is the top candidate for becoming Newcastle United’s manager this summer and he would have a significant impact on the recruitment process.

Project Zebra, more commonly known as the takeover of Newcastle United, is expected to be approved by the Premier League any day now. The Toon Army have suffered from Mike Ashley’s neglectful ownership for 13 years, but the light at the end of the tunnel is shining bright.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers are ready to tap into the full potential of Newcastle United, and they have the funds to transform this club from a mid-table team to a competitive top six side.

According to a new report from SkySports, step one of that process involves hiring former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino this summer. The report claims that Newcastle United’s incoming owners are willing to hand Pochettino the third-highest managerial salary (£19m) in the in the world in order to seal the deal.

Fans want a club that has ambitious domestic and continental objectives, and landing a notable manager such as Pochettino would be a major leap in that direction. The Argentine manager worked wonders in north London with Tottenham as he led Spurs to four top four finishes and the Champions League Finals last season.

In addition to bringing an impressive managerial record and Premier League experience to St. James’ Park, Pochettino would also play an integral role in recruiting top players. The Magpies have been linked with several quality players over the last few weeks, but would they actually consider joining Newcastle United?

It is a difficult question to answer, but consolidating wealthy owners who are willing to invest in the club with a world-class manager on the sideline would certainly make players perceive Newcastle United as a top club with a plan in place. It remains to be seen how things will play out over the next few weeks, but the club’s prospective new owners have made the hiring of Pochettino a top priority.

The Argentine manager was linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid in the past, but Project Zebra provides him with a rare opportunity to oversee a massive plan that aims to wake the sleeping giant of English football and reach new heights.