‘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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