Mauricio Pochettino: Former Tottenham manager 'open to listen' to job offers

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Mauricio Pochettino: Former Tottenham manager 'ready' for job offers

Mauricio Pochettino says he is "ready" and "open to listen" to offers as he considers his return to management.

The Argentine, 47, was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in November after five years in charge, with the club in 14th in the Premier League.

However, after leading Spurs to last season's Champions League final, Pochettino has been linked with high-profile jobs across Europe.

"You have to be ready if you believe it is the right moment," he said.

Since leaving the north London club, Pochettino has been spending time with his parents and family in Argentina.

But speaking in Qatar before the Club World Cup final between Liverpool and Flamengo, he stressed he will "be ready if something arrives and, of course, open to listen".

"It is a weird time for us. But at the same time, I'm very relaxed, very happy when you look backwards. And, of course, obviously in life you need to move on," he added.

A Premier League return?

Southampton brought Pochettino to England from La Liga side Espanyol.

He took over at Tottenham after impressing during a 16-month stint as Saints boss - leading them to their then highest points tally since the Premier League began in 1992-93.

Pochettino guided Spurs to a League Cup final in his first full season and led them to two third-placed and a runners-up finish in the top flight.

He was linked with the vacant manager jobs at both Arsenal and Everton, before the roles were filled by Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti.

"I love the Premier League. I love the English fans, I think it is one of the best leagues in the world - and I think for any manager it is so exciting to be involved in the Premier League," said Pochettino.

"We will see. There is not only Premier League, there are different leagues in the world, different clubs that can be exciting, to give you a challenge that is maybe different.

"We haven't had time to think too much of the future. We have been thinking only of ourselves, to recover and be ready.

"That is the key point: to be ready when something happens and to be more prepared to give to a club that is interested in you the best of you."

'I love Tottenham'

Since Pochettino left the club, Tottenham have climbed to fifth in the Premier League under his successor, Jose Mourinho.

During his time in charge, Pochettino also had to contend with playing home games at Wembley for 18 months while the club's new stadium was built.

He appeared unhappy at times this season before his dismissal, particularly over his role in transfers, he has maintained a deep affection for Tottenham and has not ruled out returning as boss in the future.

"You look what happened with [Zinedine] Zidane and Real Madrid. There are plenty of examples. The most important thing is that when a relationship finishes it finishes in a very good way," he said.

"Managers sometimes leave a club and go back - but now it is not in my hands.

"I love Tottenham. I love the fans, I love the players, I love the club, the staff.

"When you leave a club, you always want them to win games because that means that the team is alive, that it is prepared to compete.

"For different reasons you split, but we are people that always want the best. I am happy that they are winning games because that love is never going to change."

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