Mauricio Pochettino has apparently been urged to reject the opportunity to make a swift return to football management and take ‘a proper break’ from the game.
Less than two weeks ago, the footballing world was stunned when Spurs took the decision to relieve the Argentine of his duties after a disappointing start to the season.
The 47-year-old had enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the North London club, transforming them into Champions League regulars and steering the club to a maiden European Cup final in Madrid earlier this year.
His departure from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium has inevitably seen thoughts turn to where his next managerial destination will be, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all long-term admirers.
However, despite Pochettino previously admitting he would never manage Arsenal due to his allegiance to Spurs, Unai Emery’s sacking from the Emirates this week has prompted talk that he could make the controversial switch across North London.
According to The Telegraph though, Pochettino’s friends have advised him against making a quick return to management and to reject any potential overtures from the Gunners in order to take a “proper break”.
The report claims his friends are concerned that he could tarnish his reputation by moving to Spurs’ great rivals, and he should wait until a much bigger job comes along.
Since Pochettino’s departure, Spurs have managed three successive victories under Jose Mourinho to move up to fifth in the Premier League, closing the gap to the top four down to just six points.