Mauricio Pochettino ‘first choice’ for new owners [Sky Sports]

According to Sky Sports, former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the potential new owners’ “first choice” manager to replace Steve Bruce.

While Bruce is expected to remain in his post until the end of the season, all reports suggest that he will be replaced at the end of the campaign – should we actually finish it that is…

Names such as Massimiliano Allegri, Lucien Favre and even Rafael Benitez have emerged as candidates to take over from Bruce, but Sky Sports believe that Amanda Staveley and co would like Pochettino to be their man in the hot-seat.

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The Argentinian has managed 256 Premier League matches over the course of his spells at Southampton and Tottenham. He picked up all three points in 132 of those games, giving him a win percentage of 51.2%.

The report from Sky Sports says that the new owners would be willing to pay Pochettino a salary of £19m per year, making him the second highest paid manager in the Premier League – behind Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

They also state that, if the deal to bring Pochettino to Tyneside falls through, Rafa Benitez is expected to make what would be a very popular return to the Tyneside club.

Either way, if United end up with one of those two world-renowned managers in place, with a significant backing behind them, my head may genuinely explode with excitement.

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