Pochettino has had an 'offer' to move to Newcastle, says Ardiles

‘Newcastle is a firm possibility to work again’: Mauricio Pochettino HAS had an ‘offer’ to move to St James’ Park, according to close friend Ossie Ardiles

  • Mauricio Pochettino wants to return to management after six months out of work
  • The former Spurs boss has been strongly linked with a move to Newcastle
  • The Magpies are on the verge of a significant £300m Saudi-led takeover 
  • Ossie Ardiles has confirmed that an offer has been made for Poch by Newcastle

Newcastle have made an offer to Mauricio Pochettino for him to become the next manager at St James’ Park, according to the Argentine’s good friend Ossie Ardiles. 

Former Spurs manager Pochettino has completed his gardening leave this week, following his sacking in November after a six-year stay in north London. 

And ex-Tottenham midfielder Ardiles believes a contract offer from some ‘first-rate people’ at Newcastle has been made to Pochettino, who admitted in an interview with Sportsmail that he’s keen on staying in England. 

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to return to management and Newcastle are firmly interested

Former Spurs midfielder and close friend Ossie Ardiles says an offer has been made 

‘Mauricio is fine in England,’ Ardiles said, as reported by The Mirror. 

‘He is linked with Newcastle United and when he spoke directly to that club there were many first-rate people involved who made him a good offer. 

‘Mauricio had a (contractual) relationship with Tottenham, but last Tuesday his situation was unlocked and he is free to coach. In this way, he will hear offers again, but Newcastle is a firm possibility to work again.’ 

Ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly edging closer to Newcastle hotseat

The lure of a ‘project’ at Newcastle could be crucial for Pochettino, with a Saudi-led consortium led by Amanda Staveley on the verge of completing a £300m takeover of the club.

Ardiles, a Tottenham ambassador, admitted that Pochettino enjoys living and working in England. 

‘He really likes managing in England,’ the 67-year-old added. ‘There are a few very large teams that can appoint him – and one of them is going to be chosen.’   

The Saudi-led consortium, led by Amanda Staveley, are on the verge of a £300m takeover

Though current manager Steve Bruce looks set to finish the current campaign, with the team currently lying in a respectable 13th place, the potential new ownership group – led by Amanda Staveley – may want to make a high-profile appointment as a serious statement of intent at Newcastle. 

Pochettino spoke yesterday about how a job in the Premier League is ‘one of the options’ for his next destination. 

‘We love England,’ Pochettino admitted. ‘We have our house and our home here. The people are respectful. The Premier League is the best league in the world. It is one of the options. I’m very open to wait for the seduction of the project.’

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Rafael Nadal teased by Andy Murray over Roger Federer blunder

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer shared a brilliant conversation on Instagram Live on Monday evening but the chat did not start according to plan and Andy Murray was one of the first to mock the Spaniard.

Nadal, 33, struggled to get his head around the technology as he attempted to invite his arch-rival to join him on the video call.

Staring blank into the selfie-camera and with 40,000 fans tuned in, the world No 2 struggled to get to grips with the app.

Supporters found the incident hilarious and two-time Grand Slam winner Murray also chipped in.

“This is brilliant… he can win 52 French Opens but not work Instagram,” Murray wrote in the comments.

Nadal is isolating with his wife in his Mallorca home and when the breakthrough came he chuckled “finally!”

Federer’s face appeared at the bottom of the video and he was in fine form from the off.

“I’ve got plenty of time, there is no stress, no rush, if there is a positive that’s it,” the Swiss star quipped.

The pair went on to have a lengthy discussion about how they are faring in lockdown.

When Federer exited the chat Nadal asked Murray to join him – but that brought about its own problems.


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The 19-time Grand Slam winner found it difficult to invite his friend to the call, just as he had Federer.

“I think Andy’s hiding, where are you man?” the Spaniard quizzed.

Murray asked those watching to help out by writing instructions in the comments – and like magic they were connected.

“It was very amusing watching you,” Murray said.

The two tennis greats are set to compete at the virtual Madrid Open this weekend.

Murray is not on the Tennis World Tour video game which will be used but he has been practicing by using Nadal – although that brought with it another cheeky dig.

“I played last night and I played as you,” Murray said. “I played as you against Roger, on clay obviously.

“We, I mean me and you, we were playing unbelievable but after a set your character was unbelievably tired.

“I thought I had never seen you getting tired after one set before.”

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Premier League face an ultimatum over ending the season early

BREAKING NEWS: Premier League faces an ultimatum from a group of clubs DEMANDING a decision is made on potentially ending the season early as they fear legal chaos over players’ contracts ending on June 30

  • Football has been postponed indefinitely since March due to coronavirus 
  • Talks about a resumption are set to continue at a meeting this Friday
  • There is a growing sense June 30 is D-day for the 2019-20 season to resume 
  • June 6 has been mooted as a potential restart date for the English game 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

The Premier League is coming under increasing pressure from its stakeholder clubs to make a decision on the 2019-20 season – with June 30 emerging as the D-day date for completion.

A group of clubs – including some very much in European contention next season – are growing increasingly worried about contracts that are tied to the official season’s end. They fear a delayed campaign that overruns into July could leave them in a minefield of legal struggles with players and commercial partners.

The next meeting of Premier League stakeholders is scheduled for Friday, April 17, and the clubs want the issues around this season’s deadline to be top of the agenda. All clubs are aware of the discussion, even if they are not all in favour of a set date for curtailment.

Liverpool were on the brink of Premier League glory when the season was paused in March

Clubs like Chelsea have dilemmas over players with expiring deals, such as Pedro and Willian

Previously, July 12 had been key to the Premier League calendar because completing the matches by then would avoid rebates to broadcast partners – but that date has been brought forward with a number of clubs receiving legal advice, particularly on the subject of player contracts.

FIFA have announced that they will bring in special measures to protect clubs and players whose contracts expire on July 30, the official end of the European season. 

Yet clubs have been advised that English contractual law would supersede any arbitrary or emergency arrangements introduced by the governing body, and players could not be legally held to FIFA’s rulings.

This raises the possibility of loaned players, or those out of contract – such as Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Willian at Chelsea, Jan Vertonghen at Tottenham and Adam Lallana at Liverpool – being able to walk away from their clubs on July 1, even if the campaign was underway but incomplete. 

If the odd game remained it might not be considered an insurmountable obstacle – but clubs fighting relegation or challenging for Europe could be rendered vulnerable if key squad members simply refused to play.

Jan Vertonghen (left) and Adam Lallana have expiring deals at Tottenham and Liverpool

Previously, July 12 had been considered as a potential cut-off date due to TV agreements 

Clubs believe that is likely if players fear an injury could undermine their next move, leaving them without employment in what could be a flooded, depressed market. 

Equally, there are many sponsorship arrangements that come to an end on June 30, creating further confusion around how they should be honoured – particularly if a new deal has been struck. 

Liverpool’s kit agreement with New Balance expires this summer, for instance, with Nike taking over in June. Although Liverpool pledged to end what they hoped would be a title-winning season in New Balance shirts – and Nike agreed to that – repeated delays to the season’s conclusion could create confusion and the potential for legal challenges. 

‘We are entering chaos territory,’ said one chief executive.

Liverpool’s kit agreement with New Balance ends this summer and they will switch to Nike

The Bundesliga may return behind closed doors in May – a possible yardstick for England

There is an increasing likelihood that Germany’s Bundesliga will return behind closed doors after May 4 and if the Premier League came back the same way soon after it could be possible to complete by June 30. 

A proposed restart date of June 6, however, would make a completion date in that month highly ambitious.

Yet clubs also want clarification on what would constitute a squad in this rush to the season’s end – specifically if a player contracted coronavirus and the entire group had to enter quarantine. 

There remains the fear a club could suffer relegation, or miss out on a Champions League place, with its first-team withdrawn from action. 

In such circumstances clubs want to know whether games would be cancelled, rearranged, or if the performances of any nominated replacement group – the youth team, for instance – would be made to stand.

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