Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino would be a perfect fit to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. It was earlier confirmed by Man United that they parted ways with Mourinho with immediate effect. In a telephonic interview with Sky Sports News, Neville shared his thoughts on the sacking before talking about potential replacements for the Portuguese manager. The Sky Sports pundit revealed, “I said last season that the next manager of Man Utd should be Pochettino,”
“If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham.
“You look at his performance levels and style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times – publicly and in private – I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground. And for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.
“My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club – the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.
“So at this moment in time, I see him – and people will suggest that he has not won a trophy yet at Tottenham, but with a net spend of -£29m, or something over the last four years, he could not have done more. He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate.”
Neville’s words would definitely excite Manchester United fans but the fact remains that Pochettino is the current Tottenham manager and had shown no indication of wanting to make a switch to Old Trafford in the recent past.
With Pochettino’s contract set to run out in the summer of 2023, Spurs will be under no pressure to let their current boss leave as long as they can keep him happy at North London.
Spurs just cannot afford to lose their Argentine manager as he has done a remarkable job since his arrival at the north London club in the summer of 2014. Even though Pochettino is yet to win any major trophy with Tottenham, yet his winning record at Spurs has been exceptional.
The Argentine head coach has managed to establish his team as UEFA Champions League regulars despite working on a limited budget off the pitch. The 46-year-old has taken charge of 243 matches for Tottenham so far, winning 138, drawing 52 and losing 53 of those matches with a healthy PPG (Points Per Game) average of 1.92 (Stats taken from Transfermrkt).
His record at the north London club is excellent so Daniel Levy should do everything in his power to keep hold of Pochettino or else Spurs might risk sliding down to Premier League mediocrity in the coming years. Levy, you have been warned (yes we wanted to finish this extremely serious article on a fun note).