With the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) waiting to complete their takeover of Newcastle United, it seems as if they are already doing some window shopping. However, they will need to decide whether to play the Mauricio Pochettino waiting game. According to ESPN, the Argentinian is being lined up to replace Steve Bruce.
Do Newcastle United Approach Mauricio Pochettino?
Continuing to Be Linked With the Job
One name that has been repeatedly linked with taking over the St’ James Park hotseat is that of Mauricio Pochettino. As the former Tottenham boss has been out of work for nearly six months, could a top-flight return soon be on the cards?
If that is to be the case, the PIF will have a decision to make. One that will cost them £12.5 million. Although when you consider the depth of wealth this investment fund has, that will resemble only a few pennies worth
That potential cost of the £12.5 million deal all depends on when the PIF aims to bring Pochettino to Tyneside. May 31st is the crucial date in any upcoming expenditure. If the Argentine is installed before then and Steve Bruce departs, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will come calling.
After the sacking of Pochettino by the north London outfit, it was revealed that Levy had inserted a compensation clause. If any other Premier League club takes on his now-former employee before the end of this month, Tottenham would be able to activate said clause.
Although this clause would have been inserted with the end of the season in mind, and the current coronavirus pandemic will have only muddied the waters further, the season could restart in June with a new man at the helm for Newcastle.
On the evidence of his previous efforts, you would have to say that Steve Bruce does deserve to see the end of the season out. In doing so, that may well save the PIF a small amount of money in the process.
Slim Chance of Steve Bruce Staying
Any hopes of the former Manchester United defender still being charge for the start of the 2020/21 campaign seem to be lessening by the day.
The only other thing to consider in all of this is whether Newcastle’s prospective new owners are aiming too high. Too early and they may have to make their managerial appointments in rather progressive increments. That would mean Newcastle United playing the Mauricio Pochettino waiting game.
A better example would be when Manchester City welcomed new owners from Abu Dhabi. It took the hiring of Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini to finally land the coveted figure of Pep Guardiola.
Therefore, Newcastle’s owners in wait, may have to stagger their approach to success and apply some patience to proceedings.
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