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Newcastle target Pochettino as next manager

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NEWCASTLE United have made Mauricio Pochettino their number one target to replace Steve Bruce as manager when the deal is done for prospective owners from Saudi Arabia to take over the club.

While the takeover has not been finalised, and protests continue over the impending purchase, a £300m buyout of Mike Ashley by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund is expected in the near future.

With that will bring significant investment in the playing and coaching staff at St James’ Park and Bruce is not expected to stay in his job as manager for long after the arrival of the new owners, despite admirable work this season.

  According to Sky Sports, Pochettino is now at the top of the list of names to replace Bruce, with the new owners willing to offer the former Tottenham manager a whopping £19m-a-year. 

Pochettino has been linked with a number of jobs since leaving Tottenham, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, so it would take an impressive offer for him to move to Newcastle.

 He has made it clear he would like a return to England, although whether Newcastle is what he had in mind is not so obvious. Pochettino told the In The Pink podcast:

‘To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.

‘It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.

‘I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.’ If he cannot be persuaded to take on the project, the Magpies will likely turn to their former boss Rafael Benitez, who left for Chinese club Dalian Yifang last year.

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