Redknapp in odd Saddam Hussein analogy as he picks Pochettino’s next job

Mauricio Pochettino: Ready to drop into Europa League

Harry Redknapp has tipped Mauricio Pochettino to take a rather unexpected new job following the Argentine’s sacking at Tottenham.

Pochettino was dismissed on Tuesday night after five-and-a-half years in charge, less than six months after he took Spurs to the Champions League final, with the club lying 14th in the Premier League table after the opening 12 matches.

However, after the Argentine led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, the decision to axe him has been widely condemned with a number of observers expressing their surprise and dismay at the decision.

And while his replacement at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Jose Mourinho, has been tipped to be a big success and deliver trophy glory, thoughts on Pochettino’s next job in the game have already started gathering pace.

Pochettino has been linked with the jobs at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG in the past, but Redknapp – himself a former Spurs manager – believes the Argentine could wind up a little closer to home – and made a weird comment in the process about the former leader of Iraq, who was executed back in 2006.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp said: “You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him [Pochettino] there?

“You go in and start winning football matches, they could take Saddam Hussein in there, they don’t give a monkeys do they.

“If you start winning every week they’ll be signing ‘there’s only one Saddam’.”


And with Unai Emery under increasing pressure at Arsenal, Redknapp went on to explain why a potential move across London should not come as a complete surprise.

He added: “Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it years ago, Terry Neill, Pat Jennings.

“It can happen, as long as you go and do the job.”

Harry Kane, meanwhile, has paid special praise to Pochettino after the axe fell on him at Tottenham, sending him a kind-hearted message on social media.