Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be ‘interested’ in becoming the manager of Newcastle with the Argentine being installed as the ‘number one’ choice of the club’s prospective new owners.
Newcastle are nearing a £300 million takeover – pending Premier League approval – by a Saudi-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley which could usher in a new era of heavy investment at St James’ Park.
Attentions have now turned to the calibre of names which could be tempted to the North East, with Sky Sports reporting that Pochettino is the number one candidate amongst a host of high-calibre managers, having impressed during a five-year spell in English football with Tottenham.
According to the report, Pochettino will be offered a deal worth a reported £19m-per-year to take charge of the rebuild at St James’, with the 48-year-old believed to be ‘interested’ in the position, and a return to the Premier League.
Pochettino guided Spurs to the final of the Champions League last season before being sacked by the club in November, though he remains amongst the most highly-rated managers in world football following his success with the north London side.
Steve Bruce is likely to remain in charge of Newcastle until the end of the season, though there is an acceptance the club will part ways with their current manager ahead of a new era under the prospective new owners.