As per a report from the Times this evening, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino would like to be taken into consideration by the Manchester United board, regarding the newly-vacant hot-seat at Old Trafford.
Following heavy recent speculation, word was finally forthcoming this morning that Manchester United had decided to part ways with Jose Mourinho:
Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.
We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018
The move came on the back of a hugely-disappointing opening-half to the season for the Red Devils, with the Manchester giants already sitting a massive 19 points off Premier League table-toppers Liverpool.
As such, speculation has already begun to mount regarding which tactician will be chosen by the board at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Tottenham boss Pochettino has been heavily-linked with a move to Manchester for some time now.
The 46-year-old first took charge of Spurs in 2014, following impressive stints with both Espanyol and Southampton.
And he has since helped Tottenham to establish themselves as one of the leading clubs in England, with the North Londoners having also emerged as major players on the European stage over the last couple of seasons.
As such, Pochettino is now widely-viewed as one of world football’s finest tacticians.
‘Too good to turn down’
And, as per the aforementioned update from the Times this evening, the interest between Manchester United and Pochettino is in fact very much mutual.
Matt Hughes’ report states that:
‘Mauricio Pochettino wants to be considered for the Manchester United manager’s job next season.’
‘The Argentinian is understood to regard the opportunity of moving to Old Trafford as too good to turn down.’
Hughes points to Tottenham’s lack of investment in the club’s squad over recent seasons as a source of frustration for Pochettino:
‘The 46-year-old is understood to have deep frustrations about the way the club his run, particularly regarding the lack of backing he has received in the transfer market.’
‘He will have to continue operating within such financial restrictions at Tottenham for several years even after the stadium is open, which would not apply to him at Old Trafford.’
However, even in the case that Pochettino did in fact inform Spurs of his will to depart for United, one major sticking point would remain the hefty compensation fee that be required to release the South American from his deal in North London.
‘It would cost United £34 million in compensation to prise him from Tottenham.’
And, when also taking into account the severance fee that was paid to Jose Mourinho, this:
‘Would take the club’s total bill past £50 million.’
‘Giving my best at Tottenham’
Pochettino, for his part, though, did little to suggest that his head is anywhere but Tottenham when questioned on United’s interest in his services during a press conference earlier today:
‘A lot of rumours happen but it’s not my business what happens at another club. I’m so focused on giving my best at Tottenham.’