Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has today revealed his opinion that former club Arsenal should pull out all the stops in a bid to bring Mauricio Pochettino to the club.
Spurs wield the axe
As has been one of the talking points across the European media for the last week, Argentine tactician Pochettino was somewhat-surprisingly relieved of his duties at Spurs last week.
On the back of an abysmal start to the season, which saw the north Londoners dwelling in 14th in the Premier League table, the board at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium came to the decision to part ways with their long-time boss last Tuesday:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 19, 2019
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, was instilled as Poch’s replacement less than 12 hours later:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 20, 2019
‘Go for Pochettino’
As such, speculation has since inevitably been rampant regarding where Pochettino could end up next.
Despite Spurs’ struggles under his guidance of late, the South American is still viewed by many as one of world football’s finest tacticians.
German giants Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are one of a number of clubs rumoured to be keen on Poch’s services:
Mauricio Pochettino is being considered by Bayern Munich to take over as permanent manager at the Allianz Arena, according to Sky in Germany.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 21, 2019
Another surprise potential destination to have been floated over the last few days, meanwhile, is Arsenal.
Current Gunners boss Unai Emery is under mounting pressure, as his side continue to fall further off the pace of the Premier League’s top-4.
As such, despite his Tottenham ties, many feel as though those in charge at the Emirates should at least take a punt on attempting to lure Pochettino to the club.
And one individual who is certainly in favour of such an idea is Paul Merson.
Writing for Sky Sports, former Arsenal star Merson today urged the north Londoners to ‘get past’ the fact that Pochettino spent the last 5 years in charge of their arch rivals, labelling the 47-year-old ‘a top manager’:
‘Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino. He’s not won anything, but he improved Tottenham over five years, tenfold. He’s a top manager and he is about at the moment.’
‘I know he managed at Tottenham. But George Graham had been at Arsenal when he went the other way. You’ve got to get past that sort of stuff. These top managers don’t come along too often, where you don’t even have to pay anything for them.’