Pochettino To Replace Zidane?
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is being touted as the possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
The Argentine has led Spurs to a third successive title challenge. Sunday’s emphatic 4-1 victory over Liverpool has put them behind second-placed Manchester United on goal difference only.
According to The Sun, Real are eyeing up Pochettino in the event that Zidane is jettisoned as their head coach. The paper points out that Real currently have no plans to replace the Frenchman. However, the average Real Madrid coach is usually some time after his second anniversary. Zidane reaches that mark in January.
Pochettino has already ruled out every managing Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona as he was once head coach at the Catalan capital’s other top-flight side, Espanyol. He has also used the criteria of localness to rule out every managing Arsenal.
The Sun speculates that Real coach Florentino Perez has told his closest associates that if he does every fire Zidane then Pochettino would be his number one choice to take over.
Spurs finished in fifth place during Pochettino’s first season in charge, 2014-15. They have followed that up with a third and a second scoring 86 points – 16 more than in the previous season.
Pochettino is expected to have talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and chief scout Steve Hitchen to discuss January transfer targets.