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Mauricio Pochettino interested in taking over from Gareth Southgate

Ryan Sidle

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Mauricio Pochettino interested in taking over from Gareth Southgate

Mauricio Pochettino is interested in taking over the reigns as England national team manager, if Gareth Southgate leaves after the World Cup.

Southgate is currently in the last few days of his preparation for his third tournament as the boss of the Three Lions, looking to finally break England's 56 years without the World Cup.

Four years ago he led the team to just their third ever semi final, and first since 1990, with Kieran Trippier's early free kick giving an entire nation hope, until Croatia extinguished it

At Euro 2020 it looked once again that he would finally bring some silverware home, this time making the final, only for Italy to break spirits this time, on penalties, in typically English fashion.


Despite that relative success, compared to literally every other manager of the England men's team other than Alf Ramsey, people have soured on the 52-year-old in recent times.

His style of play and results in the Nations League have meant questions over his future in charge at Wembley, despite having a deal until 2024.

The team's eventual placing in Qatar will surely have bearing on whether or not the former centre back stays in his job or not.

If he were to leave then the FA would need a replacement in time for the Euro 2024 qualifiers, which starts in March against Italy.

Now Pochettino has revealed that he's open to the job, with the former Tottenham Hotspur manager currently out of work.

"Of course, my relationship with England has always been very good," he told the Athletic.

"We have a very good relationship with the academies, trying to develop young players for the national team.

"I feel so comfortable here. You never know what happens. I am open to everything."

Pochettino is very familiar with Wembley. Image: Alamy
Pochettino is very familiar with Wembley. Image: Alamy

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton boss has been out of work since the summer, when PSG decided to end his time at the club.

He'd only been in the French capital for 18 months but failed to win Ligue 1 in his first half season at the club, with Lille surprising everyone to win it.

Last season he finally got his hands on the league title that had eluded him throughout his management career up to that point.

However, that wasn't good enough to keep him job at the Parc de Princes, due to the inability to progress further than the last 16 in the Champions League.

He has previously been linked with jobs at Manchester United and back at Spurs, and England fans have previously called for him to take over from Southgate.

Southgate will be hoping to go all the way this time. Image: Alamy
Southgate will be hoping to go all the way this time. Image: Alamy

He is not the only foreign former Premier League boss who is eyeing up the job for the England team, with Thomas Tuchel also considering it.

The former Chelsea boss, who was sacked by PSG before Pochettino took over, left Stamford Bridge earlier this season, after being backed in the summer transfer window,

Tuchel could be forced to leave the country and move back to Germany, as he's out of work, though getting the job at George's Park would save him from that move.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Mauricio Pochettino, Gareth Southgate, England, Football World Cup

Ryan Sidle
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