Mauricio Pochettino has already seen his name linked with a flurry of top jobs since being sacked by Tottenham on Tuesday night – with Barcelona the latest to be tipped with a move for the Argentine.

The Argentine led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, as well as their first Champions League final last term.

However, Tottenham have won just five matches this season and chairman Daniel Levy said a change had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.

Jose Mourinho has already got his feet under the table at Tottenham and is seemingly already planning two huge January moves, but despite his axing, stock in Pochettino remains high and he’s likely to find himself very quickly a man in demand.

The former Southampton manager has already seen his name linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, while more surprising links have mentioned Arsenal as a next destination, while Barcelona – whose boss Ernesto Valverde appears to be under pressure – are also said to be plotting a move.

However, Pochettino’s links with Espanyol, where he was first a player and then a boss, mean it’s highly unlikely he’d ever join city rivals Barcelona, while Arsenal have also been suggested as a ‘no-no’.

“I am an Espanyol supporter,” he explained when questioned about links to Barcelona in 2017. “I don’t think I need to speak too much.

“It’s like if one day [the Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy sacked me – in a few years it would be impossible for me to manage Arsenal.

 

“In football I know it is so difficult to keep your values and to be loyal – with your heart and emotion. But for me before being a manager, before being a player, being loyal is more important. I am an Espanyol fan.

“I love Espanyol. It’s like Tottenham for me now. It will be impossible, one day, to move to Arsenal. It will be impossible.”

Pochettino has also seen his name linked with PSG and Manchester United, with their two current incumbents, Thomas Tuchel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, continually under the spotlight.

 

 

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