Neville’s Poch idea! Spurs boss opens up on possible Man United switch

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed Mauricio Pochettino is the perfect man to replace Jose Mourinho.

After their worst start to a Premier League season in 28 years, United finally decided to sack Mourinho after just three seasons, with the club frustrated at the Portuguese lack of success.

Reports have claimed Michael Carrick will be appointed interim manager until a new temporary boss is appointed within the next 48 hours.

And United legend Neville has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur head coach Pochettino is the perfect man to lead the club into the future, after turning Spurs into one of the best teams in England.

“I said last season that the next manager of Man Utd should be Pochettino,” the former United captain told SSN.

“If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham.

“You look at his performance levels and style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times – publicly and in private – I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground. And for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.

“There will be others who say ‘no’, but Man Utd have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League.

“My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club – the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.

“So at this moment in time, I see him – and people will suggest that he has not won a trophy yet at Tottenham, but with a net spend of -£29m, or something over the last four years, he could not have done more. He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate.

“But if you are a Tottenham Hotspur fan, you will not appreciate me saying that. If you are Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur, you will be grabbing and holding on to him for dear life because you are moving into a new stadium.

“But he is the individual who fits the profile of what Man Utd need in terms of what he has done in the Premier League over the last five, six, seven years at both clubs.”

However, Pochettino has quickly responded to rumours he could be interested in taking over at Old Trafford by admitting that he is fully focused on Tottenham, who are sitting third in the Premier League after their best start to a Premier League season.

He told the Sky Sports website:”I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham.

“I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.

“I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.

“A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.”


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