Mauricio Pochettino open to Premier League return

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League and will decide on his future based on the kind of project that’s offered to him by any potential employer regardless of whether they are in the top six or not.

The Argentine manager took the North London club to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final last season but was fired last November after a series of poor results. He spent five-and-a-half seasons at Spurs but won no title with the club.

Regardless, reports in the British media suggest that the 48-year-old is among the contenders in line to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park if the proposed Saudi-backed takeover of the club from Mike Ashely materializes.

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“I love England,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “My idea is to keep living in London, but at the same time I’m open to different countries, to listen and see what happens.

“I’m ready and we’re a much better coaching staff now. We’ve learnt a lot from our experiences at Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham. We have a lot to provide to the people that will trust in us in the future”

He noted that the plans of the next club will be prioritized ahead of their status.

“There are two things that are important — one is… the fans that are behind every club,” Pochettino said. “That’s the structure that keeps alive all the companies that provide the entertainment that is football.

“The other is the ideas of the clubs. Every club and company have different cultures, philosophies, ways of working. They all have different plans for success.

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“To be successful at one club you need to win the Champions League or Premier League, but for others it’s to finish in the top four or six.”

Pochettino also added that he was open to managing a Premier League club outside the top six.

“The problem is which clubs are top six? The top six always changes. Tottenham is not in the top six, Arsenal is not in the top six,” Pochettino said.

“You need to respect all the clubs. All the clubs are working so hard and investing money… I don’t think you can underestimate any club.”