What Pochettino said about managing Arsenal… and it’s not pretty

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Mauricio Pochettino is no longer Tottenham manager… but don’t expect him in charge of another certain north London club any time soon.

With Spurs sensationally sacking Pochettino on Tuesday evening and replacing him with Jose Mourinho on Wednesday morning, the Argentine’s five-and-a-half year spell at the club has come to an end.

Pochettino’s exit has immediately set tongues wagging among Manchester United and Arsenal fans, with both clubs not where they want to be at this stage of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be safe for now after arresting United’s terrible start with a strong recent run, and the Glazers are looking at the long-term picture with the Old Trafford legend set to be backed in the January transfer window.

Unai Emery’s fate at Spurs’ north London rivals is less clear, however, and Standard Sport understands that Arsenal’s next six results will be key in determining whether the Spaniard will remain as head coach into 2020.

Emery’s lack of support from the Arsenal fan base, coupled with Pochettino’s immediate availability, have led to some Gunners supporters suggesting that the club’s hierarchy should ignore the Argentine’s history with Spurs and install him at the Emirates.

Barcelona would initially seem like another potential destination with Ernesto Valverde under heavy pressure, but Pochettino is a former Espanyol player and coach, and has repeatedly ruled out a move to Camp Nou given the clubs’ fierce Catalan rivalry.

And unfortunately for those hoping to see Pochettino in the Arsenal dugout, the 47-year-old has not exactly warmed to the idea of managing the Gunners either.

“I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol,” Pochettino told reporters in January 2018.

“I grew up in Newell’s Old Boys and will never manage Rosario Central.


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