Mauricio Pochettino has been warned that he will struggle to find a Premier League role that suits him in the near future, and French football expert Julien Laurens believes that his next team will be Real Madrid.
Reports have claimed that the Argentine will leave PSG following talks with the club at the end of last week despite winning the Ligue 1 title last season, while Zinedine Zidane and Nice boss Christophe Galtier have been instilled as the two favourites to take over from Pochettino.
The 50-year-old failed to take the French giant past the last 16 stage of the Champions League, and he is not the first manager to endure a disappointing spell in Paris. “The people from the industry will know that this is not just on him,” Laurens told talkSPORT. “It can’t tarnish how good a manager he is because many have struggled before and after went on and won big things, like Unai Emery, like Thomas Tuchel so it’s not just on him.
“I think he wants to come back to England, his wife and two boys are here of course. I think the natural thing is for him to come back to the Premier League which is the league that I think he prefers anyway even more than La Liga.
“I am just not sure right now that there is a job, or very soon a job that he would like because if you look at all the top six, they are all taken now.
“Will he go below the top six? I think he is a top six manager easily in the Premier League. I think Carlo Ancelotti will have another season at Real Madrid and then they can give it to Poch.”
Whether Pochettino will want to spend a year out of management as he waits for the Madrid job is uncertain, and he may look to return to the league where he spent six years at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur should an opportunity arise.
Pochettino was linked with the Manchester United job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November, but the Old Trafford chiefs opted to hire Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis and then Erik ten Hag permanently.
Former Madrid manager Zidane has been linked as a replacement for Pochettino, but the French icon’s advisor has denied reports claiming that he had agreed to join PSG.
“All of these rumours which are going around are unfounded.” L’Equipe were told. “To this day, I am the only person who is authorised to represent and advise Zinedine Zidane. Neither Zinedine Zidane nor myself have been directly contacted by the owner of PSG.
“I also highly doubt that his majesty the Emir of Qatar, Cheikh Tamin Ben Hamad Al Thani, would go through social media or media in order to manage his business and take crucial decisions with regard to PSG’s future. I’m not even sure if he’s really interested in Zidane arriving.”