After a disappointing start to the Premier League season which sees Aston Villa sit in the bottom three, Steven Gerrard is a man under pressure.
The Villans invested heavily this summer, with the likes of Diego Carlos, Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara joining the club from Champions League regulars Sevilla, Barcelona and Marseille.
However, the squad looks as if they are struggling to gel in the early fixtures, with their only win coming at home against winless Everton.
While they did pick up an encouraging point against Manchester City in their last fixture, Gerrard has a lot of work to do if he wants to turn things around, and reports suggest that he could be the next manager to be sacked in the Premier League.
“I think Pochettino has to be open-minded, himself, about his next job now.
“A club like Villa – which has plenty of room for elevation, a great fanbase and a lot of history – is a club he would have to seriously think about at the moment, given that there aren’t that many jobs out there.”
During his time at Villa, Gerrard has taken charge of 35 matches, winning 12, drawing six and losing 17, with a disappointing points-per-game average of 1.2.
Pochettino has bettered this in each of his last three jobs, averaging 1.45, 1.84 and 2.24 points per game at Southampton, Spurs and PSG respectively.
The Argentine also took Spurs to a Champions League final in 2019 and helped establish the north London club as a top-four outfit, so has far more experience than Gerrard at the top level.
Andros Townsend was full of praise for Pochettino in 2021, saying:
“He’s one of the best managers, if not THE best manager in the world, name me one other manager who can do what he did in a five-year period with Spurs, taking them from mediocrity when he took over to the envy of Europe and to the Champions League final.
“I don’t think any other manager can do what he did so, for me, he is the very best.”
There is little doubt that Villa have some high-quality players in their squad, so if Gerrard fails to turn Villa’s form around, then sporting director Johan Lange should turn towards Pochettino as his replacement, because he would represent a major upgrade in the Villa Park dugout.