As a £300million Newcastle United takeover has been agreed, subject to Premier League approval, reports came that the club are all set to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as as their new manager after the takeover. Express reported this to be the view of former Toon skipper and Ireland international Mick Martin.
Amanda Staveley, head of PCP Capital Partners is heading the consortium with 10% shareholding, with Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia being majority shareholder with 80% stake. Stavely’s PCP Capital Partners, have previously tried to buy the club in 2017. The Reuben Brothers, who have assets worth more than £18billion and also own Newcastle racecourse, would own the remaining 10% if the deal goes through.
Pochettino in Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino in last November after the disappointing start of 2019-20 season, which saw Spurs being thrashed by Bayern in home ground and stuck at 14th spot of the Premier League table in the table.
Mauricio Pochettino led the London club to its first Champions League final and ended 2018-19 Premier League campaign at 3rd spot just six months back, when he was sacked in last November.
Newcastle United – Changing Scenario
However, while Martin thinks Steve Bruce has done a ‘great job’ as Newcastle manager since last July, the former Toon midfielder thinks the new management could be looking for some prominent name to run the club.
While I was a big fan of Benitez, I wouldn’t be chasing him for the job. He jumped ship and went to China for the money, and I was hugely disappointed.
Steve [Bruce] came in and I was one who was saying, It’s going to be hard work for him. But I could understand him taking the job because he’s a Geordie.
I have to stress, I think Steve has done a great job and the players have responded well to him. But if the takeover happens, I think Steve might be vulnerable. I think there could be huge changes.
If so, I might be looking at the likes of Pochettino. He knows big players, he knows South America and he knows Europe. He’s a big name in the game.
If you’re looking for trophies, you look to tempt big players, like Kevin Keegan did when he was manager here first time around. He signed people like Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and David Ginola.Mick Martin, Ireland Footballer
Martin admitted that he has changed his view of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in recent time, but thinks it is the right time to sell his stakes, if the new investors have the resources to take the club forward.
I wasn’t a big fan of Mike Ashley originally,” Martin added. But I’ve softened my opinion over the last year and a half.
It would still be the right time for him to sell if they come up with the right money. If it goes through, I think it would be great.Mick Martin, Ireland Footballer
Newcastle are currently at 13th spot in the Premier League table and have eight points margin from the relegation zone.
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