Mauricio Pochettino has stated his desire to return as manager of Tottenham Hotspur one day, but before that happens the bookmakers expect him to fill the boss’ office at another Premier League club – Newcastle United.
The Magpies are the subject of a takeover bid from a controversial Saudia Arabian group and when that takeover is completed, as expected, the North East club are expected to splash the cash in order to fight at the ‘right’ end of the Premier League table and make themselves contenders for European football.
A whole host of players are already being linked with a move to St James’ Park but that is not the only talking point surrounding the club when it comes to football matters.
The other is who will be holding the reins?
Steve Bruce is currently manager of Newcastle, but it is difficult to see the much-travelled boss holding onto his post because the club’s potential new owners will almost surely want to put a much bigger managerial name in charge of a new-look squad.
And of all of the manager’s available right now, none may be more appealing than Mauricio Pochettino who earned much praise during his time at Tottenham, even if he was unable to guide them to silverware on a regular basis.
Pochettino did make Spurs top-four regulars and he also led them to a Champion League Final in 2019, and bookmaker Paddy Power believes Newcastle will task the Argentinian with trying to achieve similar results on Tyneside in future.
As a result, Pochettino is now odds-on at 10/11 to become the next Newcastle United manager.
But who else will be part of the Newcastle revolution as the North East club bids to overhaul its playing staff with the aid of a sizeable war chest before the end of the January 2021 transfer window?
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn and former Newcastle forward Salomon Rondon are considered very likely signings by Paddy Power at 11/2, while it is 5/1 that they swoop for Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal and 11/2 that they complete a move for Rangers hitman Alfredo Morelos.
A blockbuster move for Real Madrid misfit Gareth Bale is now just 6/1, with the same price available about a deal for Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani, while it is 9/1 that Newcastle pip Liverpool to the signature of RB Leipzig goalscorer Timo Werner.
“Forget a new castle, we expect the Saudi Crown Prince to build an entire new kingdom when he gets the keys to St James’ Park,” a Paddy Power spokesperson told BettingPro.com.
“There’s been a lot of talk about which mega-stars they could sign, like when Manchester City landed Robinho – but the true success of City was building the core of the squad. If Newcastle go out and buy McGinn and Morelos, that’s a pretty good start.”
To Join Newcastle United Before January 31, 2021
11/4 John McGinn
11/4 Salomon Rondon
5/1 Arturo Vidal
11/2 Alfredo Morelos
6/1 Gareth Bale
6/1 Edinson Cavani
9/1 Timo Werner
9/1 James Rodriguez
10/1 Odsonne Edouard
10/1 Philippe Coutinho
10/1 James Milner