Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would have put in Mauricio Pochettino’s compensation package that he cannot become Manchester United manager soon after leaving Spurs, says European football expert Guillem Balague.
Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham on Tuesday evening with the club sitting in 14th place in the table.
The Argentine has been linked with the United job in the past and is still one of the favourites to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he was sacked.
But Balague reckons Tottenham will have made sure Pochettino cannot move to a rival club straight away.
Speaking ahead of the sacking news, Balague said on his YouTube channel: “If Daniel Levy wants to get rid of him, there’s a big compensation to pay.
“Also, I imagine, Levy won’t want him to go to Chelsea or to other clubs straight away – Chelsea? I didn’t mean Chelsea, but I mean any club, Manchester United, whatever – but it will be put in the contract that you cannot go to Chelsea, to Man United, and that would make any agreement difficult of course.”
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is the favourite to replace Pochettino and former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says contact will have already been made with potential candidates.
“They’ll have someone in mind, they’d have spoken to somebody,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
“They’ve have spoken to somebody, I know how they work. They’d have spoken to somebody and had somebody in line ready to come in.
“They’re not chairman who are suddenly going to go ‘Oh, where do we go now? Let’s have a look’.
“All their work would have been done behind the scenes already, make no mistakes about that.
“Mourinho, Jose Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti, someone of that ilk.
“They tried to get Ancelotti when he sacked me. They spoke to Ancelotti, offered him the job at that time, I knew they’d spoke to him when I was still at the club. So they’d have spoken to somebody.
“I would think so [Mourinho or Ancelotti], whoever, or they may have the German manager [Julian Nagelsmann], I don’t know.”
Published at Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:26:00 +0000