Former Premier League footballer Gary Neville has given his take on where former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could end up next.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the Argentinian will want to win trophies at his next club – and that takes former foe Arsenal out of the frame.
Regardless, despite George Graham crossing the North London divide back in 1998 when he became Spurs boss, Neville does not see a repeat occurring – with the Gunners’ current manager Unai Emery under increasing pressure at the Emirates Stadium.
He told Sky Sports: “Arsenal would be interesting. It’s happened before [with] George Graham going the other way. Would Spurs fans like that? Would Mauricio do that? Would Arsenal do that? I’m not sure Mauricio would want to do something like that to Spurs.
“Taking over at Arsenal would be similar to the job he just left at Tottenham, in the sense that there is some investment and spending, but it’s limited. He’s not going to go to Arsenal and win the league in the next two years.
“Whatever the next job Mauricio takes, he will want to win trophies, that will be the most important factor in the decision.”
Neville may argue that Pochettino would be unable to win the title within two years at Arsenal, but considering he very nearly managed that at Spurs (finishing third in his second season), the unpredictability of football should just go to show that there may yet be a manager as talented as the Argentinian that could work wonders for the Gunners if they decide to part with Emery.
Ties to the white half of North London would understandably make N5 an unlikely destination for Pochettino, especially with the Gunners’ prospects of silverware arguably just as bleak as they were at Tottenham – with Arsenal not in the Champions League picture for a number of years.
That may point to a move abroad for Pochettino, particularly after comments made almost two years ago which look to dispel any hope of the 47-year-old exchanging rivalries.
That said, after Jose Mourinho was made to backtrack on his comments while Chelsea manager at his Tottenham unveiling, Pochettino – and Neville – could yet be eating their words if the divide is crossed once again.
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