Ex-Tottenham boss linked with Premier League return

Former Southampton and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly in the reckoning to take charge of Aston Villa.

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a return to management after his PSG departure. The Argentinian parted company with the Parisian team in the end of last season.

Pochettino is highly regarded by the Aston Villa’s hierarchy, while their current manager, Steven Gerrard, is finding the life hard at the Premier League club.

Gerrard led Aston Villa to just 36 points from 33 games since the boxing day. Last game on Saturday at Villa Park saw the team concede their fifth league loss after 10 games in the new season, which led to an unacceptable position in the league table as they currently occupy the 16th position, with just one point away from the relegation zone.


The upcoming games for Villa, especially the next two games (Fulham away and Brentford at home) will definitely decides Gerrard fate at the club.

According to the British outlet, Telegraph, Pochettino is the first man Villa will turn to if Gerrard is sacked, with co-owner Nassef Sawiris expected to lead any process, with Wes Edens, chief executive Christian Purslow and sporting director Johan Lange all heavily involved.

Should Pochettino – who has also taken charge of Espanyol in his career – land the Aston Villa job, then he’d be reunited with Philippe Coutinho.


Coutinho, on 12 May 2022, joined English club initially on a loan January 2022 reuniting with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa’s manager, before he singed a permanent deal on May 2022 for an undisclosed fee, with the player committing to a contract until 2026.