Mauricio Pochettino wanted by Athletic Club amid Manchester United links

Mauricio Pochettino - Favourite to take charge as Newcastle Manager

The former Spurs manager reportedly has massive admiration for the Spanish club.

La Liga outfit Athletic Club are considering Mauricio Pochettino to replace underwhelming manager Gaizko Garitano.

According to reports, Pochettino is among the three-man shortlist for the replacement of Garitano, with ex Barca manager Ernesto and former Valencia gaffer being others.

Garitano has been put under scrutiny following a poor start to the season, with the Basque club currently sitting 14 in the table with 5 defeats.

It is also added that Pochettino’s admiration towards the club could be an advantage in Athletic Club persuading him.

However, Los Leones fear over the competition from European giants and high wage demands from the Argentine manager.

Manchester United are looking like the potential suitors for Pochettino as they are also seeking a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian manager has led the Red Devils to a disastrous start this season, which saw them get defeated against the likes of Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Arsenal and most recently Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

However, Solskjaer has saved some time by winning against Everton last week, where Bruno Fernandes scored a brace.

Pochettino has been without a job since leaving Tottenham last November and he has recently wished his desire to return to the fold.

Premier League looks the possible destination but it remains to be seen how it turns out for the ex-Spurs boss in the end.

A move to Athletic Club would mark his return to La Liga after eight years as he had started his coaching career with Espanyol.