Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles has seemingly confirmed that Mauricio Pochettino has received a ‘good offer’ from Newcastle’s prospective new Saudi Arabian owners to take over as the clubs new manager.
The Argentine has been out of work since November after his five-and-a-half-year stint as Spurs boss was brought to an end after a disappointing start to the campaign, the north London club languishing in 14th in the Premier League, less than six months after steering the club to the Champions League final.
Pochettino has been widely touted as a potential Manchester United manager, while Real Madrid are also believed to be keen on the former defender, though it is Newcastle who are now the favourites to be the 48-year-old’s next destination, the clubs soon-to-be new owners keen to appoint a high-profile manager.
The North East club are believed to willing to stick with current boss Steve Bruce until the end of the currently suspended campaign, but Spurs legend Ardiles has claimed his compatriot has been approached by those at St James’ Park.
“Mauricio is fine in England,” Ardiles said, as per The Mirror. “He is linked with Newcastle United and when he spoke directly to that club there were many first-rate people involved who made him a good offer.
“Mauricio had a (contractual) relationship with Tottenham, but last Tuesday his situation was unlocked and he is free to coach.
“In this way, he will hear offers again, but Newcastle is a firm possibility to work again.
“He will take his time to think and wait a little for all this to happen.”
Newcastle are currently in 13th place in the table, eight points clear of the drop zone, and when asked in a Q&A with Sky Sports, Pochettino wasn’t concerned about joining a club outside the ‘top six’.
“The problem is which club are top six? It always changes,” he said. “Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six.
“You need to respect all the clubs. They are all working so hard, investing and spending money. They all assign a new strategy each season to reach the top four, top six or top eight.
”You cannot underestimate any person, any institute or any club. That is why the Premier League is one of the toughest – all the clubs have the capacity to find a way to be competitive.”