Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of the favourites to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United – but Tony Cascarino says he is NOT a ‘ready-made’ Red Devils manager.
Pochettino is under intense pressure at Spurs following the north Londoners’ poor start to the season, and rumours of a possible departure came to the fore over the past week after a 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich and Saturday’s shock 3-0 defeat at Brighton.
While Tim Sherwood, the former Tottenham manager, has complete faith Pochettino will not be sacked by the club, there are fears the Argentine may walk of his own accord – especially if Man United come calling.
The Red Devils may be on the lookout for a new boss over the coming weeks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer similarly under serious pressure, and the Norwegian is said to fear he will be axed if United lose to Liverpool in their first match back after the international break, against Liverpool.
Pochettino has been a long-term target of Man United’s, and now appears to be the perfect time to prise him away from Spurs given the current situation in north London.
But Cascarino, the former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland forward, doubts whether Poch is the man for the job.
Cas, who said earlier this week that Pochettino will be sacked if Spurs lose to Watford next time out, told The Times: “I am not convinced he is a ready-made Manchester United manager.
“The most exciting prospect in England is Eddie Howe, who delivers a great style of football at Bournemouth. Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves is attack-minded and forward-thinking. I like Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain. Lucien Favre’s Borussia Dortmund play the way United fans expect of their team.”
Further discussing United’s struggles, Cascarino offered an explanation for just why the Red Devils have struggled so seriously since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
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“United took their eye off the ball the moment Sir Alex Ferguson retired,” he added. “They focused too much on making money and thought David Moyes would be a safe pair of hands to continue the club’s domestic dominance.
“But the best sides are coached by bold, innovative individuals who deliver thrilling, attacking football – not by a safe pair of hands.”