I believe this is Dennis Cirkin’s first time at the top of the Hoddle.
Ramble of the Day
I will get started sharing something I imagine some of you would like to discuss (even if at least one of you skips this entirely only to share the same information):
According to @johanncrochet, Di Marzio has added that this talk comes from "employees close to PSG" & we have to wait & see if they are malicious rumours or not.— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 23, 2020
Before we go too far with this item of information, we already have a concession that this may not be the full picture (or an accurate picture) of what’s happening at Paris Saint-Germain. I think one way or another, it sets me up nicely for something I’ve been wondering: What does Mauricio Pochettino have to do to get a job?
I’m partly joking when I ask, because I don’t really think his status or reputation has changed much in the last several months. He remains one of the most talented managers who doesn’t have a job, and I don’t think big clubs hiring other people necessarily changes that. The hires of Ronald Koeman at Barcelona and, in particular, Andrea Pirlo at Juventus are are motivated by a little bit of nostalgia, which would only benefit Pochettino at a club like Paris Saint-Germain, which just so happens to be a club uninterested in nostalgia. I don’t think that disqualifies Pochettino — he’d probably get there on his managerial accomplishments, but it also doesn’t say that much about him that a club might pick Massimiliano Allegri over him.
I’m really asking the above question in jest. I am the littlest bit curious that a couple of jobs have opened and he hasn’t gotten them, and that he’s not being linked to them all the time in a way Gareth Bale is always linked to a move to Tottenham. Even though Pochettino’s firing feels like a very long time ago, it hasn’t actually been that long and it is entirely possible one or two jobs open up soon. If we know football clubs at all, we know that they’re a bit messy and will be firing a manager sooner than you think.
tl;dr: Is it weird Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t found a job yet? Maybe, but probably not.
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Links of the Day
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is allowed to return to England after he was arrested in Greece for getting into a fight with tourists and police officers.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will receive an additional €1 million after former player Alphonso Davies won the Champions League with Bayern.
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