Mauricio Pochettino to Man Utd ‘done deal’ theory disclosed by Redknapp after Spurs sack

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has suggested Mauricio Pochettino thought he was going to become the Manchester United manager last year.

Pochettino was sacked as Tottenham manager on Tuesday after five years in north London.

Redknapp gave his reaction to the news on Sky Sports shortly after the announcement.

And speaking about Pochettino’s next job in management, Redknapp was adamant the Argentine will attract a big-name club to his services.

I know his advisors spoke to another club and it looked like it was a done deal, apparently, but he didn’t get the job

Harry Redknapp on former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

He revealed that last year Pochettino thought a move to a “big” club was a “done deal”.

“[Pochettino] was reasonably successful,” Redknapp said.

“I like him, I think he’s great, I’ve got a great relationship with him.

“He will think he’s going to get a big club and he will get a big club, there is no doubt about that.

“Whether it’s in England, I know he thought he had a big job due last year, I know his advisors spoke to another club and it looked like it was a done deal, apparently, but he didn’t get the job. He’ll be in a big job very shortly.”

Sky presenter Julian Warren replied by saying Pochettino was heavily linked with the United job last December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

After a few seconds of silence Redknapp replied “he was”, hinting United were the club he was talking about.

Meanwhile, Redknapp reckons Tottenham spoke to potential new managers before they sacked Pochettino.

“They’ll have someone in mind, they’d have spoken to somebody,” he added.

“They’ve have spoken to somebody, I know how they work. They’d have spoken to somebody and had somebody in line ready to come in.

“They’re not chairman who are suddenly going to go ‘Oh, where do we go now? Let’s have a look’.

“All their work would have been done behind the scenes already, make no mistake about that.”

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