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Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that he does not think that the prospective new owners of Newcastle United will make Mauricio Pochettino the new manager of the club.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder believes that prospective new owners of Newcastle will want to appoint a manager who is a winner and has won major trophies.

According to The Sun, Saudi Arabia’s PIF are on the verge of buying the Magpies from current owner Mike Ashley.

Sky Sports have reported that former Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is the first-choice managerial candidate for PIF to replace current boss Steve Bruce at the end of the season.



Murphy told talkSPORT: “The problem he’s got is the big, big clubs who desperately want success yesterday, Tottenham being one of them when they brought [Jose] Mourinho in, usually go down the route of who is tried and tested.

“It’s the same with players. If you want success quickly, you need the best. When Liverpool brought in [Rafa] Benitez [in 2004], his biggest attribute was that he’d won the league in Spain and Liverpool wanted to win the league in England.

“Tottenham want silverware, the fans want silverware, they bring in Mourinho and paid the earth for it because everywhere he’s gone he’s won silverware.

“Pochettino hasn’t, so he needs a club who are a bit like him, which is progressive, on the way up, something that’s going to take a bit of time.

“Newcastle have been talked about, I understand that. But if Newcastle’s owners have got that much money and they want success now, would you give [the job] to Pochettino? He’s never won a trophy.”

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In defence of Mauricio Pochettino

While it is true that Pochettino is not a serial winner, what he did at Tottenham was remarkable.

Spurs were struggling to finish in the Premier League top four when Pochettino was appointed their head coach, and under him, the North London outfit challenged for the title and also reached the Champions League final last season.

The Argentine built a very strong side at Spurs and also promoted players from the youth team.

Meanwhile, Le10 Sport has claimed that the prospective new owners of Newcastle want to appoint former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique in a similar role.

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