Manchester United have been dealt a significant blow in their manager search as Mauricio Pochettino waits for the Real Madrid position, according to reports. It’s also bad news for Tottenham Hotspur, who will be monitoring Pochettino in case Antonio Conte jumps ship in the coming months.
United will look to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick ahead of the 2022/23 season, and the Argentine has been touted as one of the favourites for the job.
Meanwhile, Conte is increasingly growing frustrated by the lack of progression at Tottenham since he took the reins from Nuno Espirito Santo in November.
And his outburst after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley poured doubt over his future as Spurs head coach.
But whilst Pochettino will be on both clubs’ shortlists, he could soon be out of bounds.
According to Sport, Manchester United are ‘interested’ in making Pochettino their permanent manager this summer.
However, the 49-year-old has already turned the club down because he’s waiting to become Real boss amid speculation over Carlo Ancelotti’s future.
Pochettino has been described as ‘very attentive’ to the project in the Spanish capital and understands the opportunity to enter the dugout could arrive if Ancelotti leaves.
And his decision to hold out for the job will rule a major candidate out of the running to enter the Old Trafford hotseat.
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