Mauricio Pochettino wants next job to be in England, Spain or Italy

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Mauricio Pochettino is targeting a return to England, Spain or a fresh start in Italy when he takes his next job in management, according to reports. The former Tottenham and PSG has been heavily linked with replacing the under-pressure Lucien Favre at Ligue 1 Nice this week but it appears his preferences lie elsewhere with a potential return to the Premier League on the horizon.

Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by PSG in July after failing to achieve much success in the Champions League, despite winning the Ligue 1 title last year. He is considered by many to be one of the most exciting managers not contracted to a club at this current moment and has hence been linked with a range of roles. 

He has been regularly tipped with a return to the Premier League, especially after his success with both Tottenham and Southampton. However, he was overlooked for top roles at Manchester United and Chelsea when the jobs were available. 

Recent speculation has linked him to Leicester as a replacement for the struggling Brendan Rodgers but the Foxes look set to stick with the Ulsterman – at least in the short term. He was more heavily rumoured to be in contention to replace Favre at Nice but it appears a prolonged stay in France is not on his agenda. 

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The Evening Standard has reported that Pochettino’s preference is to return to the Premier League or La Liga, while a new challenge in the Serie A is also on his wish list. The link to England and Spain is obvious, with the Argentine experiencing good spells in charge of Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham and is very familiar with the leagues. 

A move to Italy also appeals as the 50-year-old’s family are of Italian descent, coming from the Piedmont region. As a result, the situation at Juventus is one he may be monitoring closely given his affinity for the region around Turin. 

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Current boss Massimiliano Allegri is under intense pressure following a poor start to the season which has seen the Old Lady win just two of their opening seven games, leaving them sat just eighth in the division. 

It remains to be seen where Pochettino goes next – but clubs throughout England, Spain and Italy are likely to keep an even closer eye on his professional situation, with the former Argentina international an obvious choice for any upcoming vacancies. 

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