MAURICIO POCHETTINO has hinted he could still become Manchester United manager.
But the role ended up going to Dutchman Ten Hag following his impressive spell at Ajax, with United handing him a three-year deal.
Yet that has not stopped Pochettino from speculating about eventually taking over in the future, insisting he did not in the summer due to the timing of the vacancy.
Speaking about the Man Utd job in an interview with Radio Marca, he said: “Football is timing.
“It’s the moments for it to coincide and for that marriage to happen.
“Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing. I don’t believe that trains pass just once.”
Pochettino first arrived in the Premier League with Southampton in January 2013.
In his first full season at St Mary’s, he guided the south coast side to an eighth place finish.
And his impressive impact saw Tottenham come calling as they hired him to succeed Tim Sherwood.
Thus began a superb five-year stint at Spurs in which Pochettino helped Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League every year from 2016 to 2019 – including a second place finish in the Premier League.
He also led them to the Champions League final in 2019, before they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
Pochettino was then dismissed towards the end of 2019 after a run of poor results.
After 14 months out of the game, Poch returned to football in January 2021, joining Paris Saint-Germain following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
He missed out on the Ligue 1 title at the end of his first campaign as Lille were crowned French champions.
Poch did manage to win the league last season, but that could not save him from being dismissed as PSG’s Champions League last 16 exit to Real Madrid ultimately cost him his job.