Mauricio Pochettino could find himself back in management “quite soon” as clubs look to organise themselves for next season and the former Tottenham manager has been urged to wait and see what happens at Manchester City rather than pursue the position at Manchester United.
Guillem Balague thinks the Argentine will have several options at the end of the season as along with interest in the Premier League, he claims French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid also want him.
“I think Pochettino has got different options,” Balague told Genting Bet.
“For me, I would recommend that he should wait for Manchester City or Manchester United.
“I think that’s what, if I had to recommend him anything, I would say that.
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“He doesn’t need recommendations. PSG also want him. I know Atletico Madrid also want him.
“So it’s a decision to be made at the right time.
“Which should be coming quite soon because teams have to start to be organised for next season, managers need to know what’s happening. And it’s a great choice to have.”
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Pochettino was sacked as Tottenham manager in November last year after spending five years with the club.
He has been linked with taking over at several other Premier League clubs this season, but he was unlikely to take another job before the campaign ends, as doing so would cost him a lot of money.
Express Sport understands that Pochettino would have to repay Spurs his £12.5million pay-off if he takes another job in the Premier League before the end of the current season.
However, Pochettino hasn’t ruled him out returning to the English top flight with another club after the season is over.
“To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League,” he said recently.
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“It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.”
The chances of the City job becoming available at the end of the season has increased after boss Pep Guardiola said he could end up being sacked if he failed to win the Champions League just days before the club were banned from the competition for two seasons.
City have been banned from European club football for two seasons after UEFA ruled that the club had breached financial fair play regulations – City have said they will appeal.
Guardiola will take on Real Madrid in the last-16 of the competition on Wednesday and the Spaniard insisted there is pressure on him to win the tournament.
“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’,” Guardiola said.
And while Balague thinks Pochettino should now wait and see whats happens at the Etihad, he also thinks Atletico, who are currently 4th in La Liga, will put the former Espanyol boss at the top of their wish list if they decide to change managers.
“In the case of Atletico Madrid, they’re waiting to see what [Diego] Simeone wants to do,” Balague added.
“But I know that if Simeone leaves, Pochettino is the option one, two or three.
“And I believe that he knows all the conditions that that will mean.”
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