The hunt for a new Manchester United manager is on. But already the favourite for the job appears to have dropped out of the running. Media outlets have linked United on and off for weeks with legendary coach and former France star Zinedine Zidane. However, he has repeatedly distanced himself from the job, and even now the vacancy has opened up, he has again said he is not interested. He perhaps is aware of the mess on the playing side at the club, and the constraints of working with the Glazer family and the Old Trafford board, and does not like the prospect.
A slightly more complicated scenario is emerging though. Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has intimated that he would like a crack at coaching United. The Argentine only recently took over at Paris St. Germain in the French League, but he is another manager speculation often links with Old Trafford. Were he to leave PSG and join United, there would be a certain tidiness to it; Zidane has gone on record that a job he would like to do is… well well well, coach of PSG. So if Pochettino did make the move, Zidane could immediately take over from him in Paris.
Pochettino, who did well in patches at Spurs, may be just what United need. He is a coach with real ‘chess master’ smarts, but who is also a good motivator. A coach who can fire up enthusiasm when players are short of confidence, but who can also crack the whip when players are not trying. And above all, United need a boss who is good at coaching players to implement his tactics correctly. Most of these qualities were a bit lacking in Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer. But Pochettino has a good track record in all of them.
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