Mauricio Pochettino ‘serious’ about Premier League return as tentative Aston Villa links continue

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Mauricio Pochettino, Angers v Paris Saint-Germain April 2022

Former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is ‘serious’ about a possible return to the Premier League, according to a transfer insider. 

The Argentine has been linked with Aston Villa following the club’s stuttering start to the season. Steven Gerrard’s men enter the weekend in 15th having won two of their seven games in the Premier League.

The Birmingham-outfit spent over £60million during the summer transfer window. Diego Carlos, Philippe Coutinho and Leander Dendoncker and were just some of the big-name additions at Villa Park.

Despite strengthening, the club have struggled to pick up points. Villa have lost three of their last five games in the Premier League.

Gerrard has won just 13 of 36 competitive outings since arriving at the club. Last season, he was able to guide his side to a 14th-place finish.

Villa did produce encouraging performances in recent games against Arsenal and Manchester City. However, with the team out of action since September 16, momentum could be lost as they prepare to face Leeds.

Mauricio Pochettino ‘ready’ for a return

Pochettino is eyeing a Premier League return, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The former Spurs boss was in attendance at Wembley as the Three Lions drew 3-3 with Germany.

Despite pressure ramping up on national coach Gareth Southgate, Jones believes Pochettino is more interested in returning to the Premier League.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Pochettino is very keen to be at games at the moment as he wants to be as ready as possible when a job opportunity crops up and so wants to see top players in person.

“I wouldn’t read too much into him being at the England match beyond the fact he is serious about returning to the Premier League soon.”

Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by PSG last July. The 50-year-old led the club to the Ligue 1 title and two cup triumphs.  However, it was his failure to win the Champions League which ultimately cost him his job.

The Argentine reached the semi-final last year, only to suffer back-to-back defeats against Premier League champions Manchester City.

Right project needed for Pochettino

Despite mounting pressure, Gerrard is not the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

In fact, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, Wolves boss Bruno Lage and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl are all ahead of the Villa boss.

Nevertheless, the chances of Pochettino taking on one of these positions are low. According to The Telegraph, the Argentine would be reluctant to take on a ‘fire-fighting’ position. What’s more, he is said to be interested in taking over the ‘right project’.

With Villa willing to spend big, and their ambitions set high, this may be the type of project Pochettino has in mind.

However, the former Saints boss may have to bide his time. Three of Villa’s next four games are against Leeds, Forest and Fulham, giving Gerrard an opportunity to alleviate some of the pressure.

On the other hand, another run of defeats could bring Pochettino closer to Villa Park.

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