Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked in November by Tottenham, discussed his plans for the future.
Tottenham sacked Pochettino in November following a difficult start to the 2019-20 campaign, despite leading Spurs to the Champions League final last season.
The 48-year-old – formerly linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid – has emerged as a target for Newcastle and its prospective Saudi-backed owners. Pochettino said he was willing to return to the Premier League and manage a team outside the top six in the middle of Newcastle United connections.
Pochettino told Sky Sports News about joining another club, “You have to respect the clubs all over. All of the clubs work so hard and they invest money. Each season club has the ambition of being top six or top four. I don’t think any club can be underestimated.”
“Every single club and company has different cultures, different philosophies, different ways of working. Every club has different goals and you need to stick to those ideas as a coaching staff. Ultimately, when we’re waiting for a new offer and we’re able to deliver what a club expects from us, we’ll be very happy.”
“You need to win the Champions League or Premier League to be successful at one club, but for others it’s to finish in the top four or six. It was to build a new stadium for Tottenham, and at the same time create a team to compete and cut the gap to the top four.
“The problem is, who are the top six clubs?” he replies. “The top six are always changing. Tottenham is not in the top six, not Arsenal in the top six.”
“I need to behave in the way I did as a coach on my first day. There are two things that are most important-one is the people, the fans behind every club. That’s the structure that keeps alive all the companies that provide the entertainment that is football,” he added.
Pochettino said about the world of football struggling with the coronavirus pandemic: “We ‘re going to live an entirely different era in football that we need to find out about. How are these clubs or companies going to be after this virus hopefully disappears, because that is what they are? This is a major question mark.
“That’s why it’s so hard to know what project is going to be the right project. We ‘re a very receptive coaching staff to listen to all the projects, all the people. We can learn from every single conversation and perhaps see a motivation to go with them.”
He is confident of a bright future still:
“I love England. My idea is to continue living in London but at the same time I’m open to different countries, listening and seeing what’s happening.
“I’m ready and we’re already a much better coaching staff. At Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham we have learned a lot from our experiences. We have a lot to provide in the future to people who will trust in us.”