Newcastle Could Appoint Mauricio Pochettino Manager This Season Without Paying £10m Compensation


    ​Tottenham are running out of time to claim compensation for another club hiring Mauricio Pochettino – despite rumours linking the Argentine with Newcastle. 

    Pochettino has emerged as a leading candidate for the Magpies job alongside Rafa Benitez, Lucien Favre and Massimiliano Allegri – IF a takeover is completed soon.

    As was reported ​back in January, Spurs will be due £10m if their former manager takes over a club before the original season-end date in May, but the ​Standard report that the date was linked with the timing of his sacking (i.e. six months hence) not the end of the season specifically. 

    Mike Ashley,Lee Charnley

    What does that mean? It means that, with the season well and truly halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Spurs could theoretically find themselves facing their former manager this season. Oops. 

    While it’d be an intriguing possibility for Pochettino to oversee Newcastle‘s remaining nine games of the campaign – which includes a home game against his former employers – it’s claimed that Steve Bruce would be given the chance to see out the season before a decision is made about a potential successor in the summer break.

    However well he does though, Newcastle’s prospective Saudi owners, PCP Capital Partners, are in the hunt for a high-profile name to succeed Bruce.

    Mauricio Pochettino,Daniel Levy

    Daniel Levy and co would undoubtedly welcome a hefty financial boost via the compensation, especially as they’re continuing to pay Pochettino’s £8.5m salary until he finds a new job.

    Recently, the club approached their former boss along with members of his backroom staff to discuss a potential reduction in payments as a way of cutting costs during the coronavirus crisis.

    Spurs are also said to be in talks with Poch’s successor Jose Mourinho, who joined the club following the Argentine’s sacking in November, about a potential pay-cut from his £15m salary and are negotiating with the players as well.


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