If I were a betting man I wouldn’t fancy Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s chances of having a long-term future as Manchester United manager.
Part of me even thinks the club are waiting until the summer to make a switch.
Mauricio Pochettino is going to be one of the names high up on the list if that happens.
The former Tottenham manager is available for work and previously made it clear he’d never be interested in the Barcelona job, which was handed to Quique Setién, and recent reports suggest he wants to work in either England or Spain, as per the Irish Independent.
There doesn’t seem to be any huge jobs that will become available in the short-term — in the Premier League and La Liga — so this could be his best chance to take over at a big club.
The job is massive and experienced managers with successful backgrounds failed to deliver enough success or an attractive brand of football.
The entire situation has been heavily influenced by the suits at the club. Ed Woodward doesn’t know anything about football and the Glazers don’t care as long as the cash flows in.
Earlier this week there was an update we covered from Phil Brown, a radio host who claims United have entered talks with Pochettino.
Mauricio Pochettino news! pic.twitter.com/Ergus4JBzF
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) January 13, 2020
And now The Sun claims to have information on those very talks.
The newspaper reports Pochettino has made some dramatic demands if he was to take the United job, and the biggest one will certainly go down well with the supporters.
It is suggested that the ex-Spurs boss doesn’t want the job until the end of the season, and he would want full control of transfers — ultimately forcing Woodward to accept a reduced role.
An interesting snippet from The Sun’s piece adds that Pochettino doesn’t have an agent and United can’t be seen talking to him, so they’ve appointed a mediator to discuss possible terms and demands.
Less control for Woodward? Sounds good to us.