Mauricio Pochettino

5 Possible Destinations for Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino was perhaps the best manager Tottenham Hotspur have had in a long time. He was passionate about the club, believed in the players, made-do with a low budget and took them to the final of the Champions League.

Sounds like the ideal manager, right? Unfortunately for him, the club decided to part ways with him, and replaced him with Jose Mourinho.

Some say Pochettino should have been given more time, while some are confident his time was up. The question in everyone's mind now is - Where to next, Poch?

Here are five possible destinations for Mauricio Pochettino:

1. Manchester United

Manchester United have wanted Mauricio Pochettino ever since they sacked Jose Mourinho in 2018. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in as a temporary solution and his early results at the club saw him being appointed as the permanent manager. But his charm has since fizzled out, and United find themselves in a similar predicament to one they did last year.

While the United faithful want their legend to succeed at the club and there are signs that things are starting to come together, Pochettino's availability sure throws a spanner in the works. And no matter who you are, if Manchester United come calling, there's only one correct response: Yes.

2. Arsenal

A controversial choice? Sure.

Arsenal are in dire need of getting their season back on track. Unai Emery seems to have lost the plot this season, and has led his team to only three more points than Pochettino has done this season. Moreover, Pochettino led Spurs to the Champions League finals while the Gunners haven't even qualified for the tournament since 2016.

But while the fans are calling for Emery's head, the Arsenal board has decided to stick with their Spanish manager for now. Maybe they still hope he can turn this season around, or lead them to Europa League glory, but Pochettino would be a good fit with the Gunners, and far and away more proficient than the man he would replace.

3. Barcelona

Pochettino is, apparently, the third name on Lionel Messi's "list" of managers he'd like to see at Barcelona. The first two names are Marcelo Gallardo and Pep Guardiola, but both of them have squashed rumours of a move. That makes Pochettino the next guy up.

The former Tottenham manager will be going back to his home in Spain, and there's no reason why the very-many top clubs there can't lure him into working with them. He is a product and former coach of Barca rivals, Espanyol, which might take him out of the running if the self-confessed Espanyol fan decides to stick with his loyalties. 

Ernesto Valverde is under pressure at the Blaugrana and they will look to the ex-Espanyol manager if the defending La Liga champions wield the axe.

4. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich parted ways with Nico Kovac and assistant manager Hansi Flick has since then taken over the reins on an interim basis. He's done pretty well for himself with the Bayern management deciding to stick with him for the near future, at least.

However, since Mauricio Pochettino's sacking, there have ample rumours that the Argentinian is the primary candidate to succeed Kovac and it makes sense for all parties involved. The chance to manage in a third top-league with a club of Bayern’s stature, history, and fan base would surely appeal to Pochettino, as would getting his hand on a trophy for the first time in his managerial career, which you’d think would be pretty feasible with the Bavarians.

5. Real Madrid

At Real Madrid, you're never really sure if your job is secure. Even if you're a manager who has led the team to three Champions League trophies. 

However, it is fair to say that  Zinedine Zidane hasn’t had the smoothest of runs since returning to the Bernabeu in March for a second spell. His win rate since then is 51.85% compared to 69.8% from his hugely successful first tenure with Los Blancos

Four wins from five games appear to have quietened the doubters for now, but Pochettino could become a viable option for the Spanish giants if the Frenchman's reign goes downhill from here.

5 possible destinations for Mauricio Pochettino