Neil Warnock has said Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t owe Tottenham any loyalty if Manchester United come calling at the end of the season.
The Cardiff City manager revealed he was sacked by Notts County six months after snubbing Chelsea in 1992, which he believes shows the idea of loyalty is “a load of bull” in football.
Will Pochettino consider leaving Spurs for Man Utd? Five things to know:
- Pochettino is reportedly United’s number one choice to become the club’s new permanent manager next summer.
- The Argentinian has led Spurs to three successive top-three finishes in the Premier League but is yet to win a trophy in England.
- Tottenham failed to make a single signing over the summer and there are question marks over Pochettino’s level of patience in regards to a lack of recruitment.
- Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford but the permanent job is still up for grabs.
- Spurs’ position in the table makes them more likely to qualify for the Champions League than United, which could influence Pochettino’s decision.
Warnock led Notts County to back-to-back promotions before snubbing Chelsea but was sacked in January 2003.
And the 70-year-old thinks his situation is similar to that of Pochettino.
“You do feel guilty, loyalty-wise. You feel that you don’t want to let anybody down,” Warnock told Sky Sports.
“But, I remember when I got promotion with Notts County, Chelsea offered me a job and I thought a lot about it, turned it down and got the sack six months later. So when people talk about loyalty, I think that is a load of bull.
“You have got to do what is right for you. There is a good time to leave a club and you have got to decide if that is the right time. Not just Pochettino, but any manager.”
Warnock: Pochettino could “absolutely” turn down Man United
Pochettino signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham in May and the Londoners were able to resist reported interest from Real Madrid in the summer.
The La Liga giants hired Julen Lopetegui instead and Pochettino stayed at Spurs, something Warnock believes is a possibility despite the lure of United.
Asked if Pochettino could resist a move to Old Trafford, Warnock said: “Absolutely. The grass is not always greener. Sir Alex [Ferguson] knew when he left that the place was not the same. They’d lost a lot and no one has been able to put that back.
“It is still a big test for him [Pochettino]. Does he want that sort of challenge when he has got a new stadium and a squad he knows inside out?
“But Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and you don’t get that opportunity very often.”