Ossie Ardiles, the boss of United for a year from 1991, is the friend of Mauricio Pochettino who was closely linked to the headquarters of St James ‘Park after Newcastle was completed.
And while Ossie later clarified his comments, spoken in Spanish, these are exciting times, aren’t they?
Having new owners with money AND ambition, talking about the managers of Pochettino’s pedigree and the players in the top drawer rather than the basement negotiating to sell is a rarity in which Geordies will be worth after years of depredation.
It is not a matter of who gets the job and who is bought – all that remains a guess – but the simple fact of being able to speculate in exalted company. Like I said a few days ago, many want to rain on our parade, but why should we care? Geordies keep faith better than anyone!
It has already started of course. Precision shooting, the installation of a newly flushed NUFC.
I woke up Sunday morning with the first columnist for a national Sunday newspaper telling Poch not to even consider United and their new owners.
The article ended with the conclusion: “He may be looking for a” perfect project “, but Pochettino and KK are far from perfectly matched. Tosh.
I recorded on paper and on a Chron podcast saying that when Steve Bruce is replaced, which is inevitable after a high-level takeover, Pochettino is ideal in my opinion to help usher in a new era. The man and the club must break the ice by winning trophies and can do it together.
There are others but he would!
He builds teams and clubs, plays football as KK and others think, and has a team of supporters.
I have had the pleasure of working with Ossie on several occasions in recent years. Winner of the World Cup and superb footballer, he never reached these dizzying heights as a manager and I felt that he was struggling for various reasons in Newcastle. But kids like Lee Clark, Steve Watson and Steve Howey loved the man because he gave them the chance to break through.
Ossie is a sincere man and I felt that Pochettino came just as sincerely in a major interview he did on the weekend to announce the end of his gardening leave at Spurs.
Unemployed managers are often cynical and accusing – beautifully balanced with a flea on both shoulders. Consider the interview with Unai Emery a few days earlier about his dismissal from Arsenal. It was everyone’s fault except hers.
However, Poch insisted that Daniel Levy, who assaulted him in Tottenham, “will always be my friend” because “I am a footballer and we understand that sometimes the chapter ends”.
The words weren’t reluctantly about his successor José Mourinho.
They have been friends, he said, since Pochettino was director of Espanyol and Mourinho was at Real Madrid.
“I’m so glad he’s in Tottenham to replace me,” insisted Mauricio. “He is a top coach and we have good relationships. Yes, I’ve spoken to him since he took the job. Jose is very grateful for the way we have helped build the club that is now his club. “
Now the gardening is finished and you have put away the hoe and the watering can to go next to Poch? There are friends in the north you know!