Considering how Tottenham Hotspur’s season has gone so far this year, it was only a matter of time before serious links started appearing between Mauricio Pochettino and other big-time football clubs. Irrespective of whether Pochettino stays, walks away, or gets fired, we’re going to continue to see stories that connect him to clubs bigger than Spurs.
So it’s no surprise that the Ornacle, David Ornstein, has a report in the Athletic ($) that ties Pochettino to the now vacant manager position at Bayern Munich, while also predicting “craziness to break out in the coaching world” this summer.
Ornstein uses direct quotes from an unnamed source that says Pochettino would be Bayern’s top choice this summer.
“Pochettino would be the preferred solution.
“If he and Spurs end up splitting, which looks likely, Bayern will do anything to get him. On the other hand, that’s what everyone would do, even Real Madrid and probably Manchester United, who have been aiming at him for a year and a half now. It’s a very difficult option, but that would be Bayern’s priority.”
Using direct quotes from a source on background is weird and could be anything. However, Ornstein, late of BBC, has years of experience behind him and definitely has sources — in this case the context makes it likely that he is using a source that is close to Bayern and not to Spurs. And because it’s David Ornstein, I have absolutely no doubts that this is real.
The counterpoint to Pochettino heading to Bayern would be that the Bundesliga giants have, at least in recent years, been extremely reluctant to name a manager who doesn’t speak German. Pochettino’s grasp of English has improved during his years at Southampton, but he most emphatically doesn’t speak German, and there is concern that Pochettino’s backroom staff, who are all native Spanish speakers, could cause friction between the coaches and the Bayern hierarchy.
Ornstein also posits that this could also be the final season for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and if Pep leaves it could cause coaching chaos that could have ripples throughout the European club game, including affecting Tottenham.
“Everyone is waiting on the carousel to start moving and Guardiola leaving City would do that. It feels like things are changing there. His wife has returned to Barcelona and she is more than his wife — she organizes his whole world. Everything around him.
“It must have been a very hard decision and I feel that, for the first time, City are preparing for either eventuality: Pep stays or Pep leaves. Previously, it was only ‘Pep stays’.”
The tea leaves have read that Pochettino is more likely to stay than leave, at least for now, but this summer could bring a whole lot of change not only to Tottenham but to a lot of big-time clubs in Europe. Brace yourselves.