Maurico Pochettino has sent a come and get me plea to Europe’s top clubs after finally becoming a free agent.
The former Tottenham manager’s gardening leave ended on May 19 and he is among the favourites to take over at Newcastle, who are on the verge of a £300m takeover by Saudi Arabia.
Pochettino has no regrets and no hard feelings over how things ended at Spurs for him and his coaching team back in November, but is itching to get back into football.
Asked if he was ready to get back to work, Pochettino said: “Yes. After six months, our tanks are completely full.
“It has been an amazing time to review everything, to start to organise again our ideas to plan the future, to try to compete better, to learn from our experience and of course looking forward for the next job.
Mauricio Pochettino has issued a come and get me plea as he eyes his next job
“Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears, the new chapter in your professional life.
“Always, you dream of the perfect club. The perfect project.”
Pochettino has long been admired by Real Madrid and Manchester United, and has also been linked with Newcastle.
And he has been preparing for his next challenge by reviewing the last seven years of his career on regular zoom chats with his assistant Jesus Perez during lockdown.
He said: “It’s been amazing to share our ideas, to watch a lot of training sessions, games, review our methodology, our models of training.
“And of course to see how things are going to be in the future and to be ready for any eventuality. Because the demands are going to be completely different.”
Pochettino failed to win a trophy with Tottenham, losing out to Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final.
But he said: “I think there are many things that we are happy with, how everything went. Difficult to think about changing things because you cannot regret decisions.
“We took them all with responsibility, professionalism, always sharing the situations that were more complicated.
“We were a coaching staff that always put the interests of the club before our personal interests. We feel very proud with all we achieved.”