Mauricio Pochettino next club: Five jobs the ex-Spurs boss could take including Man Utd

And while the Argentine will undoubtedly be able to provide excellent insight into whatever happens to unfold at the King Power Stadium, he will inevitably be asked about what his plans are for the future.

Pochettino left Tottenham 12 months ago with the best win percentage for any Spurs manager who has taken charge of more than 80 games for the club. He may not have won a trophy in north London, but he steered Tottenham to their first Champions League final and their best league finish in the Premier League era.

He achieved it on a relatively small transfer budget too, so his services are sure to be in high demand. Here’s a look at where he might end up plying his trade next.

Paris Saint-Germain

There are at least four clubs where Pochettino is the favourite in the betting to be their next manager, but before we get to them, let’s consider the case of Paris Saint-Germain.

Thomas Tuchel has just begun his third campaign in charge of the Parisians, but despite leading them to the Champions League final last season – the first in their history – he has never been universally popular in the French capital.

While former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is viewed as Tuchel’s most likely successor, Pochettino could be viewed as the hard-line manager PSG’s squad need to keep them focussed for another tilt at Europe’s top prize. He played for the club for two seasons in the early-2000s too.

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Real Madrid

Many people might expect Pochettino to take a job in Spain, having played and managed there in the past.

However, the fact he represented Espanyol in both cases means he would not take a position with their fierce rivals Barcelona.

And as he will be looking for a job at the highest level, that leaves Real Madrid as the main Spanish option. But there’s not much indication at present that Zinedine Zidane will be leaving his position in the capital.

Real might be struggling in the Champions League, but the defending La Liga champions look well placed to retain their domestic crown.

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Newcastle United

This one may seem hugely unlikely as things stand, but Pochettino is shorter odds – and the favourite – to take over here than he is for the previous two clubs on our list.

It obviously all depends on whether or not Mike Ashley can sell the club to wealthy investors.

Pochettino was strongly linked with a move to Tyneside when a Saudi Arabian-financed takeover was on the cards, but he won’t be going anywhere near the Magpies unless there are serious funds to invest in their weak squad.

Manchester City

The longer Pep Guardiola goes without agreeing a new contract, the more likely it will seem that this will be his final season with Manchester City.

The Spaniard is now in his fifth season with the Citizens, making this the longest he has spent in charge of a club, and his deal expires at the end of the campaign.

Pochettino is the favourite to take over, and after years spent working under the tight financial reigns at Tottenham, he’d no doubt jump at the chance to work for England’s wealthiest club.

Manchester United

Irrespective of everything written to this point, most people reading this will fully expect Pochettino’s next destination to be Old Trafford.

His shadow has loomed over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ever since he left Tottenham, and the Norwegian has been unable to get a tune out of his side consistently enough to permanently quell the speculation.

For every victory in Paris or handsome win over RB Leipzig, there has been an embarrassingly heavy defeat to Spurs or a toothless display against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Fans of rival clubs dread the thought of United’s talented squad ending up under Pochettino’s control, and the bookmakers firmly believe that is who the Argentine will manage next.

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