Mauricio Pochettino wanted by Athletic Bilbao if Ricardo Barkala wins presidential election
Mauricio Pochettino becomes a surprise target for Athletic Bilbao if Ricardo Barkala wins this month’s election in San Mames… with the presidential candidate keen to link him to longtime Spurs and Espanyol sports director Ramon Planes
- Mauricio Pochettino is wanted by Athletic Bilbao presidential candidate
- If Ricardo Barkala is victorious, he will try to appoint the PSG manager
- Barkala also plans to make Ramon Planes his new sporting director if he wins
- Planes has worked with Pochettino in the past at both Tottenham and Espanyol
One of the candidates to become Athletic Bilbao’s new president wants Mauricio Pochettino to take over as coach of the Basque club.
Athletic will hold elections on June 24 and if Ricardo Barkala emerges victorious from a list of four candidates, he will make Ramon Planes its new sporting director.
Planes has previously worked with Pochettino at both Espanyol and Tottenham and has placed the Argentine at the top of his list as new coach.
Athletic is currently without a manager after parting ways with Marcelino at the end of last season.
One of the candidates to become Athletic Bilbao’s new president wants to be Mauricio Pochettino
If Ricardo Barkala wins the June 24 elections, he will try to hire the PSG boss
Marcelo Bielsa and Ernesto Valverde, who have both coached the club in the past, are linked, but Barkala and Planes want Pochettino.
It would be a surprise if Pochettino took up the challenge of working outside the Champions League.
It would also be a radical change for the 50-year-old Argentine who has spent the past two seasons at a club capable of signing any player in the world.
He would take over a team where the pool of options is limited to those born within a limited radius of the club’s San Mames stadium due to the club’s unique Basque signing policy.
Barkala also wants to bring Pochettino together with ex-Tottenham sporting director Ramon Planes
Pochettino took Tottenham to the 2019 Champions League final after the club failed to sign a single player last summer.
Barkala is favorite to win the election this month. His closest rival Inaki Arechabaleta wants to bring back former Leeds coach Bielsa.
The Argentine, who turns 67 next month, led the squad to two cup finals in a glorious first season, but left after a less successful second campaign.