Former Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino speaks of his desire to return to coaching in England and his legacy at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino’s desire to return to the sport specifically in England burns brightly inside him. The 47-year-old cut a relaxed and convivial figure during an hour-long chat with Natalie Pinkham for the In The Pink podcast. His eyes notably sparked when talks of a potential return to English football came up.
“To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League.” Said Pochettino.
“It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens. It is 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.”
Since November 19, Pochettino has been away from Spurs and out of football. He has taken the time for deep reflection and has kept only a marginal eye on the clubs which have been associated with him.
“I was in Argentina, in Qatar, in Spain and I have Jesus Perez who follows the news a little bit.”
“But I notice the rumors.” Added Pochettino.
“All of the coaching staff accept that there are rumors. We deal with rumors naturally. The people need natural people, normal people and we don’t say that we are unique to that. But we are not actors and we don’t do anything that we don’t believe.”
For more than five years, the belief embedded itself in a winning culture at Tottenham. There will always be a feeling of regret that such a positive philosophy was never manifested in silverware. But, Pochettino was the guiding hand during a period of great transition in North London. His role remains a source of huge pride.
Pochettino has enough integrity to never mention the names of clubs that have been consistently linked with his services. He, however, would be the desired target for any club in the Premier League because of his work in Tottenham.
But for now, the approach from the man himself is that of the-almost entirely, but not quite-straight bat.