Fans desperately want to see Mauricio Pochettino manage Newcastle United, but one former Magpie thinks he should say no if offered the job.
Another day has gone by and there are no updates regarding the Premier League’s review of Newcastle United’s takeover. Fans are anxiously awaiting the official announcement as they look forward to celebrating a new era at Newcastle United.
According to several reports, securing the managerial services of Mauricio Pochettino is the top priority of the would-be owners. The consortium comprised of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers is even willing to make the former Tottenham boss the second-highest paid manager in the Premier League with a salary of £19m.
Despite not winning any league titles with Tottenham, Pochettino is considered a world-class manager because of the consistency he developed with Spurs. Furthermore, he elevated his status as a manager last season after leading Tottenham to the Champions League Final.
As a result, former Newcastle United player Jermaine Jenas thinks the Magpies would benefit from Pochettino, but that managing Newcastle United is not the right move for him. According to Jenas, being able to oversee a brand new, exciting project at Newcastle United would be intriguing for Pochettino, but his managerial portfolio will attract the attention of top clubs sooner rather than later.
In other words, he should reject any offers that come his way from Newcastle United and hold out a little longer until he receives a call from one of Europe’s elite clubs. Pochettino, and only Pochettino, knows what is best for his career as a manager.
I could sit here and write articles all day on why he would be a good fit for Project Zebra at Newcastle United, and notable pundits could also publicly urge him to wait for a better club to express interest. At the end of the day, the former Tottenham boss is in a difficult spot.
Should he pursue this unique opportunity at Newcastle United and play a key role in the potential transformation of the club in the Premier League or should he hope an already established club will come knocking on his door? It is not an easy decision to make, but months have gone by and Pochettino still finds himself on the unemployment list, which bodes well for the Magpies.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Do you agree with the Toon Army and their belief that Newcastle United would be a great fit for Pochettino or would he be wise to listen to Jermaine Jenas?