Neil has reported that Sky Sports Pete Graves has been told that Ananda Staveley’s first choice for Newcastle manager is former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
He just happens to be top of our poll, which we reported on earlier today.
He has 41% of the vote with Rafa Benitez second on 30%.
Amanda must have seen our poll with Mauricio at the top and it seems the second choice of the owners is Rafa Benitez, who got himself tied up last summer at Chinese club Dalian until the end of next year.
For the record, here is the tweet from Pete Graves announcing the news.
Sources have told @SkySportsNews that Mauricio Pochettino is the number one manager target for #nufc next season, should the Saudi backed consortium complete their takeover. Full details including further details on finances etc to come on SSN today. Stay tuned…
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesTV) April 29, 2020
The 48-year-old will reportedly get a salary of £19M per year to be the new manager.
And there’s a message being sent out there by the rich new owners.
Wait for it – that’s a weekly wage of £365K – unbelievable and a bit ridiculous.
Mauricio Pochettino – new owners’ top choice as Newcastle manager
Steve Bruce is now almost out of his dream job, and will simply see out this season – if it ever starts up again.
But Steve can leave Newcastle with his head held high after getting his dream job last summer.
He steadied the ship last July after another mess caused solely by incompetent owner Mike Ashley.
And Steve was an enabler of this takeover because we were not in any relegation trouble when the season was suspended back on Friday 13th March.
Bruce will be in demand by top Championship clubs and some Premier League clubs too – if he wants to continue in management.
We like Pochettino a lot, and he will help bring the youngsters through, and probably his first task will be to sign up the two Longstaff brothers to long term contracts at their home town club.
He could bring them along quickly, and both could even become world-class players in the future if coached well – and we always need some Geordies in the team.
Mauricio will likely be a positive choice for fans, and it seems a dream job for him, but he deserves it because of his successes with both Southampton and Tottenham in the Premier League.
One small thing – it’s hard to sometimes understand what the Argentine says, so maybe a clause in his contract to take some English lessons?
He should have time now due to the lockdown in place to stop the spread of the serious coronavirus pandemic.
He’ll have to do the lessons remotely, of course.
What do you think, if the appointment of Mauricio and his coaching staff is made?