Tottenham 'won't get cash payout if Pochettino takes Newcastle job'

Tottenham ‘won’t get compensation cash if Mauricio Pochettino takes over at Newcastle’… as Spurs continue to pay their former boss’ £8.5m salary while trying to force through pay cuts

  • Newcastle are reported to be eyeing Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager
  • It comes amid £300m takeover which would see Mike Ashley relinquish control
  • It is reported that Spurs would only get compensation if he signs before May 19
  • Pochettino could therefore end the season with new club and Spurs not get paid

Tottenham would miss out on a huge compensation package if former boss Mauricio Pochettino takes over at Newcastle – even if it happens before the end of the season.

Pochettino was relieved of his duties at Spurs back in November, but the club continue to pay his full wages, and now the Argentine is being linked with Newcastle.

But, as reported by the Evening Standard, it has emerged that the Londoners are only due a cash sum in compensation if Pochettino takes a new job within six months – a date which runs out on May 19.

Mauricio Pochettino left Tottenham in November but is still being paid his full wage by the club

Pochettino has been linked with Steve Bruce’s (pictured) job at Newcastle in the coming weeks

Due to the current coronavirus shutdown, that leaves the possibility of Pochettino taking over at St James’ Park after the cut-off date, but still being in the hotseat for the remainder of the Premier League season.

That would include a visit from Spurs to the north-east, leading to a potentially embarrassing situation for Daniel Levy and his fellow Spurs chiefs.

Rumours linking Pochettino with the Newcastle job come amid a £300million takeover that looks set to happen in the coming weeks.

Mike Ashley appears close to relinquishing control of Newcastle, subject to Premier League approval, with Saudi-backed consortium PCP Capital Partners taking over.

It has been reported that Pochettino, former boss Rafael Benitez, Massimiliano Allegri and Lucian Favre are all on a shortlist for the new owners, while Steve Bruce continues in the hot-seat for now.

It is understood the most likely scenario involves Bruce continuing until the end of the season, whenever that is, before a new boss is appointed in the summer break. 

It is understood that Spurs would miss out on a pay-out if Pochettino got a new job after May 19

Daniel Levy is trying to negotiate wage deferrals with Pochettino and his former coaching staff

As it stands, Tottenham are continuing to pay Pochettino’s substantial £8.5m-a-year salary, and would likely welcome him taking a new job to get him off their wage bill.

Sportsmail reported last week that Levy is keen to agree a wage deferral with Pochettino and his former coaches, to ease the pressure on the club’s finances during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Negotiations are continuing but as of yet, no agreement has been made. 

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