Mauricio Pochettino Deemed As 'Credible Option' For Vacant Arsenal Job
Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly one of the candidates on Arsenal's shortlist for their new manager.
Unai Emery became the second manager in North London to be given the boot in recent times when he was sacked by Arsenal this morning, with Freddie Ljungberg placed in charge on an interim basis.
Arsenal are pressing forward with their process for a permanent manager and it includes former Spurs boss Pochettino, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The Argentine's five-and-a-half year stint at Spurs came to an end when he was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho last week.
It's thought he is taking a break but he is an option being considered by Arsenal despite the controversy his potential appointment would court.
"I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol," Pochettino was quoted as saying in 2018.
"I grew up in Newell's Old Boys and will never manage Rosario Central [in Argentina]. That is my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places."
George Graham is the most famous example of a manager who managed both Arsenal and Spurs but Pochettino coming in across town would be much more shocking given his rapport with Tottenham fans and the fact his dismissal is so fresh.
Tottenham sack Mauricio Pochettino
Arsenal sack Unai Emery.
Both North London clubs change managers in the space of 10 days. pic.twitter.com/Lvrorsa9Ws
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He is being discussed as a candidate, though the likes of Mikel Arteta, Nuno Espirito Santo and Max Allegri have all been linked with the posts.
After seeing his side beaten at a half-empty Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, continuing the club's worst run of results since 1992, Emery reported to the club's London Colney training ground as normal but was then told of his sacking in a meeting with head of football Raul Sanllehi.
According to The Mirror's John Cross, Emery took the news well and said his individual goodbyes with a few hugs before clearing out his office and leaving.