The coach without a club

Mauricio Pochettino is the one who managed to discover the potential of Tottenham and transform the average club into the finalist of the Champions League. Now Pochettino is unemployed. However, we are sure it will not last too long. Who will hire the young and talented manager? Before discussing his future, let’s quickly recall his past.


Pochettino as a player

During his footballer’s career, Mauricio proved himself as a diligent and skilled player. The Argentine centre-back started his career in 1988 with Newell’s Old Boys, a football club based in Rosario. Pochettino played 153 matches and scored 8 goals for his first club.

In 1994, he was noticed by Espanyol. Mauricio accepted the offer without a second thought. He spent six years in La Liga, played 216 games and scored 11 goals. He was always in the starting lineup and won the Copa del Ray trophy with his teammates.


In 2001, the 29-year old Pochettino signed a contract with Paris Saint-Germain for 2 years. After that, in 2003, he played 11 matches for Bordeaux. To finish his career, Mauricio returned to his favourite Espanyol, where he played 59 more matches. Altogether, Pochettino played 275 matches as ‘white and blue’.


This was about Mauricio’s club career. However, it is important for each football player to be acknowledged at the national level. Pochettino was called to the national team of Argentina but his career there was not so memorable. He played 3 matches for the youth national team and was the captain in 1991. For the main team he played only 11 matches from 1998 to 2002 and didn’t leave any special impression.


Pochettino as a manager


In 2006 Pochettino ended his footballer’s career and in 2009 started his managerial career in Espanyol, where he became the third coach of the 2008/09 season. The young manager saved the third-from-the-bottom club from relegation and solidified their position mid-table. His first match was at home against Barcelona and ended with a triumphant 2-1 victory.


On January 18th 2013, Pochettino moved to England to be announced as the new manager of Southampton. In his first full season at the club, Pochettino led the team to the eighth-placed finish, which was very good considering their 14th position in the previous season.


The ‘golden ticket’ arrived in 2014 when Pochettino signed a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur. For these five years Mauricio managed to create the team able to resist the top clubs. He won more than 100 Premier League matches as manager of Tottenham and in 2019 led Spurs into the first Champions League final in the club’s history. The loss to Liverpool in the final negatively affected players’ motivation. In the next season results got worse and the club dropped down to the 14th spot in the Premier League table. Pochettino was dismissed.


New beginning


Sportsbooks have already put up odds on the Argentine star coach’s new home. The list of potential employers include Arsenal. After Wenger’s departure, the Gunners are messed up. Neither Unai Emery, nor Mikel Arteta could find an approach to the club. Pochettino likes challenges, so, theoretically he could take on this task. However, Arsenal is Tottenham’s old rival, which makes it highly unlikely that Mauricio will want to take up an offer, thus, provoking Spurs fans. That’s why the odds for Arsenal are very high (76).


Another interesting variant is Leeds United. Winning the Championship this season, the club was promoted to the Premier League. One cannot but agree that it is an excellent opportunity for any coach to cultivate and build a strong team and may be even future champions. However, it seems like Leeds might not be able to provide decent wages and necessary finances for possible transfer buys. The odds for Leeds United are 61.


Real Madrid looks more real for Pochettino. Los Blancos have been going up and down with their current manager Zinedine Zidane. We know that the club management doesn’t like to wait. Besides, Pochettino is familiar with La Liga. So, if you want to wager on Real Madrid, the odds are 3.6.


The other day Juventus sacked Maurizio Sarri as the club had been eliminated from the 2019-20 Champions League. The head coach post is vacant. The odds that Pochettino will be appointed as the manager of Juventus are 1.4.


Let’s hope that the talented coach will find his place soon, as his depth of qualities cannot be doubted.

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