Mauricio Pochettino’s odds to stay at Tottenham shorten

Mauricio Pochettino’s odds to stay at Tottenham shorten

Could Mauricio Pochettino be set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur despite Manchester United interest?

Since Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United back in December, there has been constant speculation as to who the next permanent manager at Old Trafford will be.

Of course Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in there at the moment but that is currently on a temporary basis with the club set to appoint their new full time manager in the summer. The Norwegian has made it clear that he would like to remain in the job and so far has done his chances no harm, with five wins from five matches in all competitions.

However, it is thought that the man that United are desperate to bring in is the current Tottenham Hotspur manager Pochettino. The Argentine has done a terrific job with the north London club, enabling them to compete consistently with the top four in the Premier League despite a much lower net transfer spend. He has brought through and developed plenty of the clubs young players including Harry Kane and they play an excellent brand of attacking football, something United lacked under Mourinho.

Despite Solskjaer taking the reigns until the summer, bookmakers were initially confident that Pochettino would go on to be named as Mourinho’s permanent successor and made him odds on to manage United’s first game of the 2019/20 season.

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But after the Spurs manager’s pre-match press conference yesterday ahead of the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea, the odds have changed once again. Speaking to the assembled media, Pochettino stated that he would like to stay at Spurs for 20 years and maybe even finish his career with the club.

“I hope, or I wish to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here,” said Pochettino. “I am so focused here, and want to help the club to achieve what the club want to be in history. It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?”

That, combined with Solskjaer’s good start at Old Trafford have made bookmakers question whether Pochettino will actually make the move up north this summer and he is now priced at 8/13 to STAY at Tottenham Hotspur with Sky Bet which will delight their fans. Conversely his odds to join the Red Devils this summer have now drifted out to 6/5 with the same bookmaker.

Despite being keen to stay, the 46-year-old also said that the club must look at operating in a different way if they are to make that next step and challenge for titles. He said: “After nearly five years the club is at a different level, but how we operate in five years didn’t change.

“At the moment we operate in the same way as five years ago when we arrived. Maybe we can win some titles but it is going to be a tough job to do because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot.

“I saw a stat that in the last 10 years we were bottom of the spending list in Europe. We are doing a fantastic job but if we want to be real contenders we need to operate in a different way in the future.

“The most important thing is I accepted the challenge when Daniel Levy called me to offer me a contract. He was clear, him and [owner] Joe Lewis, they said to me ‘In the first season at the new stadium we need a team to finish in the top four the season after.’ We are in advance. Sometimes I laugh when people say we need to win a trophy. Yes (we do), but we are in advance.

“We are in an amazing position, the club is finishing one of the best stadiums in the world, the team is so competitive.”