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Mauricio Pochettino set for surprise talks with French club Nice TODAY over return to management

Rory O'Callaghan

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Mauricio Pochettino set for surprise talks with French club Nice TODAY over return to management

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Former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is due to hold surprise talks with French club Nice over a return to management, according to reports in France.

Pochettino, 50, has been without a job since he was sacked by PSG in the summer, despite leading the French club to the Ligue 1 title last season.

According to Foot Mercato, Pochettino is set to hold talks with Nice on Tuesday over replacing current head coach Lucien Favre.

Pochettino was sacked by PSG in the summer (Image: Alamy)
Pochettino was sacked by PSG in the summer (Image: Alamy)

Nice only appointed Favre in the summer as a replacement for Christophe Galtier, who coincidentally replaced Pochettino at PSG.

But Favre already finds his position under threat after Nice's disappointing start to the season.

His side are currently 13th in Ligue 1 and are just two points above the relegation places, having picked up just two league wins this season.

A 1-0 defeat to Angers on Sunday further increased the pressure on former Borussia Dortmund manager Favre, who is in his second spell as Nice manager.

According to the report, Nice – who are owned by Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe – would be able to afford Pochettino's sizeable salary demands.

Pochettino is set to hold talks with French club Nice (Image: Alamy)
Pochettino is set to hold talks with French club Nice (Image: Alamy)

Former Spurs boss Pochettino has been linked with a number of other roles in recent months, including the Manchester United job prior to Erik ten Hag's appointment at Old Trafford.

The Argentine was also linked with Chelsea following Thomas Tuchel's sacking but the London club instead opted to appoint former Brighton manager Graham Potter.

He is also among the favourites to become the next Leicester manager, with Brendan Rodgers' position under threat after their dismal start to the the season.

Nice manager Lucien Favre (left) is under pressure after a poor start to the season (Image: Alamy)
Nice manager Lucien Favre (left) is under pressure after a poor start to the season (Image: Alamy)

Pochettino's stock clearly remains high despite his summer departure from the Parc des Princes.

He was dismissed by the French champions at the end of the season after failing to guide the club to an elusive first Champions League title, following a dramatic last-16 defeat to eventual winners Real Madrid.

Prior to joining PSG, Pochettino enjoyed a successful five-year spell in charge of Tottenham, transforming them into a regular top four side while also guiding them to the Champions League final in 2019, where they lost to Liverpool.

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Topics: Mauricio Pochettino, Nice, Football, Ligue 1

Rory O'Callaghan
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