Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has revealed which manager he would like to see eventually replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in the long-term future.
But after David Moyes, would it not be a reoccurring mistake to hand the biggest job in world football to a man who has never won a piece of silverware as a manager?
United can finish the season strongly by securing second place in the Premier League and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Failure to do that still wouldn’t put Mourinho’s job in jeopardy but Neville has earmarked Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as his ideal future boss.
“This is the guy that I would want to manage the club that I support, because I think he deserves it,” he told Sky Sports, as reported by The Mirror. “It’s a big problem, because if he leaves it’ll be an issue for Tottenham because he’s extracting the maximum from limited recourses.”
“You look at Tottenham, £252m spent, £202m recouped, Southampton are spending around that level of money, Leicester are spending about that level of money, Everton are spending more. That’s why Mauricio Pochettino has done an outstanding job.”
While Pochettino has done remarkably well with limited resources, I’ve written about this before and wholeheartedly disagree the Argentine is ready for a club as big as United, having won nothing as a manager.
He’s been compared to the likes of Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson by outlets such as the Daily Mail, but how is that reasonable when he doesn’t share the same reckless winning mentality? It doesn’t add up.
In a short column, I described such comparisons as insults following this season’s FA Cup semi-final which saw United eliminate Spurs.