Pete Graves has dropped some interesting Newcastle United insight on who the takeover consortium wanted as their new manager.
The Lowdown: Takeover fail
Last summer, it was reported that the proposed deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group had failed.
If the bid had gone through, it is likely that the consortium would have wanted to appoint their own manager to take them forward, meaning that Steve Bruce would have had to leave.
There is still a chance that the takeover can be revived, providing a positive result for the St. James’ Park faithful in their upcoming arbitration case against the Premier League.
The Latest: Consortium insight
Replying to a Magpies fan who suggested that Mauricio Pochettino was coming to the North East to be their next boss, Sky Sports journalist Graves shared: ‘That’s who the consortium wanted.’
The Argentine has of course since become the coach at Paris Saint Germain, having left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019.
The Verdict: What could have been
It certainly would have been a statement by the consortium to appoint Pochettino as their next manager if the original takeover deal went through.
Although his personal trophy cabinet is very bare, having never won a league title, the 49-year-old still has credentials, and has still achieved a lot in his managerial career so far, most notably guiding Spurs and PSG to a UEFA Champions League final and semi-final respectively (Transfermarkt).
Lauded as ‘unbelievable’ by Dele Alli back in February, and a ‘football genius’ by former Lilywhites goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in October, he has no shortage of admirers when it comes to players he has managed.
Would Pochettino succeed at Newcastle after the potential takeover?
Another former THFC player Andros Townsend even went as far as to claim that he is ‘the best manager in the world’ in April, and ‘Poch’ is certainly up there among the elite.
Nonetheless, he would have certainly been an upgrade on Bruce, and could have done special things at the Toon.
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