It was, let’s be honest, an extremely disappointing start to the 2019/20 campaign, both expected and unexpected at the same time.
For Tottenham fans, last season’s Champions League race covered more and more cracks on a regular basis, and the start of the season followed a similar course at the end of last year. It was happening.
But after five and a half good years in N17, Pochettino’s departure was not a decision to be taken lightly. Revered by many as the best manager the club has seen since Bill Nicholson, it was key to see him go.
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Given rumors in the past of the clubs chasing him while succeeding at Spurs – Manchester United and Real Madrid to name just two – a big move to a bigger club was just a matter of time.
But at the end of April, Pochettino still has no work – the coronavirus pandemic will not have helped, of course – and the mind is heading to where it will end next.
Madrid and United remain options, but there is a new name, not quite expected on the list – Newcastle United.
Recent history suggests that Newcastle is a step forward for a manager courted by the best in the world. Magpies fans will tell you with enthusiasm that they are and have always been a “big club” and that St James’s Park would be a stopover for the Argentinian.
While this is not entirely correct, there is reason to advocate that Pochettino make the northeast his next home.
When he took over from Spurs, he had impressed at Southampton, but he still cut his teeth. And skeptics will always point to his lack of silverware as a reason why the big boys don’t move for him.
Newcastle, however, could provide another stepping stone in his managerial career and could provide Pochettino with something he did not exactly receive under Daniel Levy at Tottenham – financial support.
Tottenham during the break
Pochettino continually called for reconstruction in the latter stages of his time in N17 – telling everyone who listened that the five-year process was over and that a new dawn was needed.
He didn’t quite get the staff change he was looking for and the team and the performance started to seem calm. The writing was on the wall and Pochettino was gone.
Newcastle’s potential new owners would buy the club for £ 300 million and have money to spend afterwards. Club supporters hope to return to the halcyon days of the 90s, when the Toons were again at the top of the rankings.
Pochettino has already shown the Spurs that he is capable of leading a mediocre team, the fringes of the English elite, to the top.
There is no doubt that he would be the ideal candidate to make Newcastle the new Spurs – just with silverware at the end if finances allow.
It may not be the big club that many, including probably the man himself, should join, but Newcastle United and Pochettino could be a match in paradise. And that could leave Tottenham fans jealously watching what they had.