I said last season that the next manager of Manchester United should be Pochettino. If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham. You look at his performance levels and style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times – publicly and in private – I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground. And for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.
There will be others who say ‘no’ about Pochettino, but United have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League. My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club – the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.
So at this moment in time, I see him – and people will suggest that he has not won a trophy yet at Tottenham, but with a net spend of minus £29m, or something over the last four years, he could not have done more. He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate.