Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has been a managerial target for Manchester United, is reportedly wanted by German champions Bayern Munich.
As per a report from The Athletic, as carried by The Sun, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have made Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino their top choice to take over the reins at the club ahead of the next season. The Argentine has been on the radars of Spurs’ Premier League rivals Manchester United as well.
Bayern Munich sacked Niko Kovac from the managerial post earlier this month after a tumultuous start to the 2019-20 campaign. Hansi Flick had been brought in on an interim basis, with the likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho getting linked with the job.
However, Bayern have started off strongly under Flick, winning two in two matches, including a 4-0 thrashing of arch rivals Borussia Dortmund this past weekend. This has been enough to convince the club hierarchy to stick with Flick till the end of the current season, post which they will make a permanent managerial appointment.
And, as per the report, the Bavarian giants have identified Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as their top target to take over from Flick. The Argentine, despite Spurs’ scratchy start to the new campaign, is one of the most coveted managers across Europe and has been linked with a number of big clubs in the past.
Real Madrid had been credited with an interest prior to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane while Premier League giants Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the former Espanyol and Southampton manager.
The Red Devils had been strongly linked with Pochettino following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last year and his name had once again cropped up after results started dwindling under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Depending on how the season pans out, Manchester United could once again go in for the Tottenham manager, but Bayern Munich will stand in their way.
A source was quoted as saying, “Pochettino would be the preferred solution. If he and Spurs end up splitting, which looks likely, Bayern will do anything to get him. On the other hand, that’s what everyone would do, even Real Madrid and probably Manchester United, who have been aiming at him for a year and a half now. It’s a very difficult option, but that would be Bayern’s priority.”
Pochettino hasn’t been able to build on last season’s run to the finals of the UEFA Champions League, with Tottenham struggling to string together a good run of results this time out. All is not believed to be well within the dressing room, with several senior players like Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld seeking an exit from the club.
It remains to be seen if Pochettino stays in charge at Tottenham come next season. Should he decide to part ways with the North Londoners, he is unlikely to have a shortage of suitors, with Bayern Munich now making him their top managerial candidate.