‘He will always want to coach a big team’: Jan Vertonghen insists former coach Mauricio Pochettino will be ‘impatient’ out of work amid links to Real Madrid and Manchester United
- Mauricio Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by Tottenham
- Jan Vertonghen worked under him in London and thinks he will be ‘impatient’
- Pochettino has been linked to both the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs
Jan Vertonghen believes former boss Mauricio Pochettino will be getting ‘impatient’ having been out of work for 12 months.
The former Tottenham boss has remained out of management since he was replaced in north London by Jose Mourinho.
During his time out of management, Pochettino has been heavily linked to Real Madrid and Manchester United and for Vertonghen, he feels sticking in the Premier League is ‘probably the best thing he can do’.
Jan Vertonghen (right) has said he feels Mauricio Pochettino (middle) is ‘impatient’ out of work
Although Vertonghen did not mention the Old Trafford club by name, his comments about staying in England – with Pochettino targeting a ‘big team’ – felt targeted.
‘I think the English league suits him very well as he’s a manager that prioritises fitness levels and the physicality of the game,’ Vertonghen told CBS Soccer’s Que Golazo podcast.
‘I think managing in the Premier League is probably the best thing he can do.
Pochettino has been linked to the Real Madrid and Manchester United jobs currently occupied by Zinedine Zidane (left) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) since being sacked by Tottenham
‘He will always want to coach a big team I guess, so you have to look at the biggest teams in the league and there are only two or three you can really look at I think at this point.
‘I won’t name them out of respect for the other managers, but I think that’s what he’s looking at as well and he wants that big team to confirm him what he’s been doing with Tottenham and what he did very well.
‘If I was him I would be impatient because he really loved his job and you want to continue that.’
Question marks over the future of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City could open up a potential landing spot come the end of the season should the Catalan depart.
Pochettino took Tottenham to the Champions League final but was sacked just months later
He guided Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019 where they were defeated by Liverpool before suffering an awful start to the following season.
Speaking back in February, Pochettino said: ‘To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.
‘It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.
‘I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.’