Mauricio Pochettino may not be back in business in the Premier League any time soon, due to a bizarre clause in his Tottenham Hotspur contract, as per the Express.
The Argentine left North London in a shock sacking just over a week ago, as a result of some disappointing results. Pochettino was then immediately replaced by Jose Mourinho in less than 24 hours.
The Londoners paid off the £12.5 million left on his contract and showed their former manager the exit door.
The whole ordeal was very controversial among fans, who were divided due to their loyalty towards their former boss. But eventually, as weird as it looked on paper, Mourinho took charge of Spurs.
Nevertheless, the former Southampton boss remains a very popular name among Europe’s top clubs. Especially, Manchester United and Arsenal who recently sacked Unai Emery.
United continue their awful run of form as the Gunners saw enough and hooked the Spaniard before he could do more damage. It seems as if it’s only a matter of time before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meets the same fate.
However, the Mancunians will very likely not get their long-term managerial target due to a one-of-a-kind clause in his Spurs contract.
This clause prevents the 47-year-old from signing for any English side this season unless his release clause is refunded back to the club. And paying back the £12.5 million compensation he received is probably too much to ask from the still young manager.
Meanwhile, the red side of North London has also been in search of a man to lead them as Freddie Ljungberg is yet to prove his mettle in the top flight. The ex-Tottenham boss’ name has been mentioned quite often, but it is unlikely that he would take the job. Not only due to the money he would lose, but also due to the taboo of signing for Derby rivals.
On the other hand, if either clubs are willing, they could wait until this clause in the Argentinian manager’s contract becomes void at the end of this season. But the question is — will they last in the heat of English football to make that appointment fruitful?