Mauricio Pochettino reminds top clubs he is a gun for hire with former Tottenham boss eager to swap pundit’s armchair for hotseat again as he gushes about mentor Marcelo Bielsa
- Pochettino has been linked to the Manchester United job after their poor start
- The former Southampton and Tottenham manager said: ‘I hope to go back soon’
- The Argentine hinted that he wants to continue his career in the Premier League
November is traditionally the month when managers start to get the bullet, so how timely this was for Mauricio Pochettino to remind all that he is a gun for hire.
‘I am in love with England,’ he declared from the off during his guest appearance on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
The Argentine continued to detail the happiness of his family on their ‘amazing journey’ in this country.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was a guest on Sky’s Monday night football
‘I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game,’ he said. ‘I hope to go back soon so we can start to work again.’
By 7.05pm, then, we knew that Pochettino (right) wants a job in the Premier League — and he wants one now.
Let’s hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t tune until later.
It must be noted that Manchester United were saying on Monday that Solskjaer’s position is not under threat and that he remains the man for them.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was backed by his club on Monday
But this pitch from Poch would not have gone unnoticed inside Old Trafford.
Aided by Jamie Carragher and some very kind statistical evidence — Pochettino teams run far and fast — we were reminded how big an impact the 48-year-old had at Southampton and Spurs.
‘Change is painful,’ he said. ‘But you need to make changes. Then you start to build.’
This was starting to feel like a job interview, Carragher on PowerPoint his trusty assistant as Poch said all of the right things.
Pochettino spoke fondly of Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, although Leeds were well beaten
He was also smart in aligning himself with Marcelo Bielsa and told a charming tale of his compatriot giving him a trial at Newell’s Old Boys when he was 13.
‘After five minutes he took me off and told me to go and get a shower,’ revealed Poch. ‘Then he said, “After that go home and tell your dad you are signing for Newell’s Old Boys”.’
Likewise last night it took Pochettino just five minutes to make the impression he no doubt intended.