Mauricio Pochettino to be 'considered' for England job amid Man United links after Chelsea exit

Mauricio Pochettino
Former Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino could take over as England manager if Gareth Southgate steps down -Credit:MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino will reportedly be considered as a candidate for the England job if Gareth Southgate leaves after the 2024 European Championships this summer.

The 52-year-old departed the Blues via mutual consent on Tuesday morning just 11 months after arriving at Stamford Bridge, following a sixth-place finish, a Carabao Cup final appearance and an FA Cup semi-final in his first season with the club. It's unclear whether he'll be set to return to life as a manager straight away, but rumours have put him at the forefront of Manchester United's shortlist if Erik ten Hag is to be sacked after the FA Cup final.

The Blues are now set on a four-man shortlist, which includes former Man United coach and now Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna, with other names like Leicester City's Enzo Maresca and Stuttgart manager Sebastian Hoeness also on the cards. United's new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is yet to make a decision on Ten Hag's future at Old Trafford, but after a tough season with the Dutchman at the helm, they'll need to jump ship sooner rather than later if they want to snap up the right person for their new era at Man United.

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Pochettino has previously admitted that he'd be interested in managing England one day, with Southgate expected to leave his role as the Three Lions boss after eight years in charge if they fail to win the Euros this summer. When asked by The Athletic about the potential role, he admitted: "Of course, my relationship with England has always been very good.

"We have a very good relationship with the academies, trying to develop young players for the national team. I feel so comfortable here. You never know what happens. I am open to everything."

Ten Hag has publicly dodged questions about his future with the club, with Manchester Evening News understanding that Ratcliffe and INEOS are still "yet to be sold" on the Dutchman at the helm, despite the club operating under the assumption that he will be heading the dugout next season.

Having worked at Southampton, Tottenham and now Chelsea in the Premier League, Pochettino has a reputation of working with young players, including now Man United left-back Luke Shaw, and nurturing their talents - the latest of which having been Cole Palmer after his breakout season with the Blues. It could be a great move for the FA, whose technical director John McDermott worked closely with Pochettino at Spurs.

"Always, when I arrived at Southampton we were really proud to provide players to the national team because we are so grateful to English football because of the way you have received us, the welcome," the Argentinian described in the past.

"How welcome you make us feel from another country, I think you all try to respect the identity of the countries, the culture and identities of football and English football through the players. We love the English culture and in every single club, like in Southampton, then Tottenham. We are grateful through giving the possibility for the England team to have players that get the possibility to play."