‘Tottenham will never be as big as Manchester United’ – Jamie Carragher believes Mauricio Pochettino MUST take Old Trafford job in summer
The Tottenham boss has been highlighted as the favourite to permanently succeed Jose Mourinho, who was sacked from his post earlier this week.
Pochettino still has four and a half years left on his contract but Liverpool legend Carragher believes Spurs fans need a “reality check” regarding the Argentine’s future, claiming the north London side “will never be as big as Manchester United.”
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Carragher advised the former Southampton boss to ditch Spurs.
Carragher said: “If Mauricio Pochettino is offered the Manchester United job, he has to take it.
“That is a hard for Tottenham Hotspur supporters to accept. Sadly for them, it is inevitable that they are prey to a more powerful Premier League rival.
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“Hearing some arguments against Pochettino moving to Manchester United, I cannot help but think a reality check is needed. I do not write this to be disrespectful to Spurs.
“It does not matter how great Spurs’ new stadium is and how many supporters fill it. It does not even matter what they win this season or over the next few years.
“Spurs are not Manchester United. They will never be as big as Manchester United.
“Questions like, “Why would Pochettino leave Tottenham now?” amount to a loyalty plea. Pochettino owes Spurs nothing. He has done an unbelievable job with a fraction of United’s budget.
“What has taken four-and-a-half years to build at Tottenham can be achieved sooner with the players he inherits, the same clever management he has demonstrated in north London and astute signings.”
Carragher also claimed how he felt Pochettino is frustrated by the constraints at Spurs, with a small transfer budget and lack of ambition holding him back.
He added: “It is naïve to believe Pochettino will be content working at a club where qualifying rather than winning the Champions League is the measure of success.
“He does not want the comfort of knowing he is safe from the sack if he finishes in the top four. He wants to win the Premier League and Champions League.
“He knows which clubs are best equipped to do it, not just on the occasional basis, but every season.
“He knows these chances do not come around often. If he does not take it this time and an alternative candidate succeeds, it may never come around again.
“It is already football’s worst kept secret that United want Pochettino. It would be one of football’s biggest surprises if they do not get him.”
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