Mauricio Pochettino has declared that he wants an immediate return to management amid calls for the former Tottenham Hotspur boss to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
Solskjaer has lost the faith of many Man United supporters following a record of just four wins from 14 Premier League games.
The lion’s share of those against the Norwegian are massively in favour of the club appointing Pochettino when United have the chance to do so.
Speaking on the subject of his future, Pochettino said: “There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on. But, for the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.
“My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back. It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina. However for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here.
“But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me. My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future. My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for ten days. At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me.”
This does, theoretically, put more pressure on Solskjaer, because Pochettino really is a massive elephant in the room at this point.
What will most likely happen, though, is that Pochettino – like Jose Mourinho in 2013 – will bypass United, who are still behind Solskjaer, and accept an offer from elsewhere (maybe Arsenal, maybe Real Madrid, maybe Manchester City, or maybe somewhere left of centre like Shanghai Shenhua), leaving United with no real desirable options.
Should he have decided to wait until the summer, Pochettino and United may well have aligned perfectly.