6 clubs who should snap up Mauricio Pochettino upon PSG sack

Mauricio Pochettino is set to be left high and dry this summer with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly on the verge of sacking him.

After a below-expectations season in France, former Tottenham boss Pochettino was probably banking on a return to the Premier League with the Manchester United job, but that’s now Erik ten Hag’s. As a result, there’s no clear direction he will be headed in next season.

However, the Argentine manager is one of a few who belong in an elite class of options in world football. And there are six clubs who would be stupid not to snap him up given the opportunity.

Borussia Dortmund



Pochettino would be an upgrade on current Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose

Since making the jump from Borussia Monchengladbach to Bundesliga rivals Dortmund last summer, Marco Rose has struggled to make an impression. His side of him were very disappointingly dumped out in the group stage of the Champions League, with Ajax and Sporting Lisbon getting the better of them.

And then Rangers pulled off a shock to send them packing in the Europa League too. Dortmund’s misery was compounded last weekend with a 3-1 defeat at Bayern Munich ending the title race.

To put it simply, Pochettino is a much better coach. He was linked with the role before Rose’s appointment and could be the one to finally put an end to Bayern’s dominance.

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Tottenham



Antonio Conte
If Antonio Conte goes, Tottenham will have a familiar face to turn to

According to RMCAntonio Conte would be very interested in the PSG job if Pochettino was given his marching orders. Le Parisian have even gone as far as to say he is ‘dreaming’ of the role.

If that switch does materialize, then the script writes itself on this one. Pochettino may have been unceremoniously dumped by Spurs in 2019, but he’s made no secret of his desire to get back to management in England.

And with very little movement expected among the rest of the top six, beggars can’t be choosers. Poch would be welcomed back with open arms by the supporters and should get the backing which he was previously missing.

Ajax



Erik ten Hag
Ajax are in need of a new manager with Erik ten Hag headed to Man United

While it may be very unlikely Pochettino would make the step down to the Eredivisie, you can’t win the lottery if you don’t have a ticket. And that’s exactly the motto Ajax should adopt.

Who better to replace Old Trafford-bound Ten Hag with than the other manager United were considering hiring. While they may not been in one of Europe’s top leagues, they are one of Europe’s most prestigious teams.

What’s more, it would offer Pochettino a chance to add further silverware to his CV, as Ten Hag has done in his time in charge, plus he’d be doing so in a more competitive league than Ligue 1.

real Madrid



Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Elche CF played at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on January 23, 2022
Real Madrid could be getting rid of Carlo Ancelotti

It’s hard to see what more Carlo Ancelotti could have done at Real Madrid this season. Although they only reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, the La Liga title is within touching distance with five games left, and they’re in the last four of the Champions League.

But despite that, there’s speculation the Italian could be on his way out of the Bernabeu come the end of the season. After all, he rarely does stick with a club for more than a year or two.

Should Real be seeking a replacement for Ancelotti, then it will surely be Pochettino who tops their list of candidates. They’ve considered him before, and he would be a long-term appointment who could lead their next generation of talent.

Juventus



Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri
It’s been a season of frustration for Juventus under Max Allegri

Another option for a new league for Pochettino to tackle could be Serie A, as Juventus are a million miles away from their dominant reign as kings of Italy in the 2010s. Max Allegri was brought back last summer to reverse their downturn.

He may have steadied the ship, but whether he is the man to take them forward is up for debate. A win in the Coppa Italia final against Inter Milan may not even be enough to save his job di lui after their Champions League round-of-16 exit.

Having successfully worked with Harry Kane in north London, Pochettino would love having Dusan Vlahovic at his disposal and would offer greater hope than Allegri of a title charge next season.

Manchester City



Manchester City's Pep Guardiola in action during training before the FA Cup semi final at The Den on April 15, 2022
Pep Guardiola is still pondering his future, leaving the door open for Pochettino

No football fan in their right mind would say Manchester City should ever get rid of Pep Guardiola. However, and it’s a big however, he still hasn’t committed to the club past next summer.

A decision is expected from the Spaniard come the end of the season, and if he doesn’t opt ​​to sign a new contract, then there’s only man City should turn to.

It may mean Pochettino has to have another year out, like he did after leaving Spurs, but it is the ideal job for him. Back in the Premier League, a whole host of world-class players (who aren’t petulant or lazy) and the incentive of sticking it to rivals United for snubbing him awaits.

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