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Mauricio Pochettino, a perfect fit for a new Newcastle United




Mauricio Pochettino, a perfect fit for a new Newcastle United - 1178391062 - Mauricio Pochettino, a perfect fit for a new Newcastle United

The Premier League era was dominated by the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal up until the 2004/05 season before a revived Chelsea, backed by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and the iconic Jose Mourinho came to upstage the status quo.

At this point, the Premier League had what became the big four in Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, teams that became regulars in qualifying for European club football.

It didn’t take long before Manchester City whom the legendary Alex Ferguson had tagged “noisy neighbours”  joined the fray of Premier League giants after an Arabian take over in 2008.


This meant that the notion of English Premier League big four became the five, or even six as City was led by the likes of Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Josef “Pep” Guardiola to six English Premier League trophies in nine seasons.


The importance of big money in the game of football is one significant element that separates big clubs from small clubs. It’s is why a Leicester city after miraculously winning the league in 2015/16 lost key men like Kante to Chelsea, Richard Mahrez to Manchester City.

Over the years, some clubs have since existed more like conveyor belts for birthing talent which are then poached by big clubs.

Today, Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga is now an endangered specie as it appears he won’t last there despite his club chairman saying Rennes wants to keep him for a long time.


The coming season in England might see a brand new Newcastle United as talks of taking over from Mike Ashley to new owners from Saudi Arabia are in the works.

Newcastle, unlike Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City, has never won the Premier League but have a decent history when it comes to English football.

They have won the English League four times before it became premier League and has never gone beyond second division in English football.

They used to be a powerhouse in English Premier League despite failing to win it especially in 1995/96 season led by Kevin Keagan with players like Alan Shearer, David Ginola and Les Ferdinand.

The Magpies as they are known became a midtable team from 2006 and were even relegated twice to the second division. In recent times, they have seen managers like Rafa Benitez leave them because it appeared they lacked the ambition to compete with top teams in England.

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It’s a known fact that Mike Ashley has always wanted to sell the club perhaps for the right money and to the right bidder.

When the news of a take over surfaced, it was no surprise and I am sure the fans of the Magpies can’t wait to rub shoulders with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United who are classed as the big six.

One name that has been linked in a managerial role is erstwhile Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine is one whose reputation precedes him after transforming Tottenham Hotspur to a very decent side before he was sacked in November 2019.

Pochettino’s rise to prominence is one that was indeed steady and consistent despite not winning any trophy as a manager. From his starting days at Espanyol to Spurs where his managerial acumen became known worldwide Pochettino has shown he is one who can turn the tides when it’s least expected.



As Southampton manager, he led them in 2013 to their best finish in over ten years and it was no surprise Daniel Levy brought him to Spurs where they became consistent in European football losing last season’s UEFA Champions final to a fantastic Liverpool side.


It’s important that the take over in Newcastle is properly managed so it doesn’t end up as it did with the likes of Queen’s Park Rangers or Cardiff City, hence a man like Pochettino looks like a top option to attract and manage top players that will take Newcastle beyond their glory days prior to 2006.

The English Premier League is the most competitive in the world hence having an experienced coach like Mauricio Pochettino would the great advantage Newcastle United needs, when the take over is complete, to take them back to the top.