Ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino ‘would love’ Premier League return



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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he would “love” to return to the Premier League after he was sacked by the north London club earlier this season.

Pochettino, who guided Spurs to their first Champions League final last season, was replaced by former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ In The Pink podcast, the Argentine manager, who was spotted alongside United chief executive Ed Woodward’s advisor Neil Ashton on Tuesday, has said that he would relish another opportunity to return to England’s top flight.

“I would love to work in the Premier League,” Pochettino said. “It’s going to be difficult I know and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.

“It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.

“I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.”

Pochettino said that he was “very proud” of his acheivements at Spurs and the period was a “pivotal moment for the club.”

“Everything I had to do was very scary in those moments,” he added. “To destroy White Hart Lane and to build a new stadium, to play at Wembley and Milton Keynes, only football people know how difficult it was to deal with these situations.

“To apply a new philosophy and new ideas was very tough but I feel very proud with the success we had and to take Tottenham to a different level. To play in the Champions League for three or four years and finish above Arsenal many times was a great legacy for us.

“To win a title would be a great reward but for us that is the legacy, to have the club and the stadium at Tottenham. That is more than winning titles.”

Spurs finished in the top four of the Premier League in each of the past four seasons under Pochettino before he was sacked earlier this term following a poor run of results.

Pochettino first arrived in England in 2013 to manage Southampton, who he guided to an eighth place finish in the league in his first full season at the club. He also had a previous coaching spell at Espanyol.

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