Barcelona have appointed Quique Setien as manager following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde on Monday but it is believed that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was approached for the role.
Spanish journalist Cesar Luis Merlo reports that the Argentine rejected the offer and in doing so made good on his promise that he would never manage the Catalan club, due to his allegiance to Espanyol.
That development has sparked interest from Spurs fans, many of whom are pleased by his display of loyalty, increasing their opinion of him to an even higher level.
— Rasmus🇫🇮 (@RasmusCOYS) January 13, 2020
Man of his word.
— Vertonghen’s Son (@Sontonghenv2) January 13, 2020
He stuck to his word, love this guy
— ً (@Sarrista__) January 13, 2020
Man of his words, class as always!
— Suhel Ahmed (@Suhel_81) January 13, 2020
What a hero #Pochettino
— James Burns (@BurnsJamesBurns) January 13, 2020
The interest from such a huge European club highlights the great esteem in which Pochettino is held in the footballing world, and that creates intrigue as to where he may end up.
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A return to Spain may be one destination or he could look to go to a new country to test himself in a different division.
Another alternative is to stay in England, with some supporters suggesting that a move to Manchester United is on the cards, a club he has been linked to in the past, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also not particularly impressing with 16 wins from 33 games this term.
Despite his connections to Espanyol, it is still a little surprising that he has turned down the opportunity to manage such a big club where his chance at a first taste of major silverware is very high. Meanwhile, the opportunity to work with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann is one many managers would jump at.
Because Manchester United
— FergieTime™️ (@SSIIIIUUUUU) January 13, 2020
He’ll go to United.
— Jacqui Martin (@jackolinemartin) January 14, 2020
He will be at Man U next season which will be worse.
— Julian King (@twitthewit1) January 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Spurs fans have also been discussing whether Daniel Levy should supply the funds to sign a much-needed player this month.