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February 14, 2023

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly turned down the chance to take charge at Leeds United.

It has been claimed that Mauricio Pochettino has declined the opportunity to become the head coach of Leeds United. Pochettino previously served as the head coach of both Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain.

After Jesse Marsch, who had been in charge of the Elland Road dugout for a little over a year, was fired on Monday, the club from West Yorkshire is currently searching for a new manager to lead the squad.

Since then, a number of other names have been associated with the vacant position, including Carlos Corberan, who was previously the coach at Leeds, but the manager of West Bromwich Albion has signed a new long-term contract to remain with the Championship club.

Andoni Iraola, the head coach of Rayo Vallecano, is said to be held in high regard by Victor Orta, the sports director of Leeds, but new sources indicate that the La Liga club has prevented the Whites from pursuing the 40-year-old.

Other than that, the manager of Feyenoord, Arne Slot, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job, but the Dutchman stated during a pre-match press conference on Friday that he “will stay” with the Eredivisie side for the foreseeable

Pochettino and Marcelo Gallardo, who was once the manager of River Plate, are allegedly two more managers who have turned down the opportunity to manage Leeds, as reported by journalist Claudio Mauri.

Since Gallardo ended his successful seven-and-a-half-year stint with River Plate in December of last year, he has been linked with a host of clubs, but Mauri claims that the 47-year-old Argentine has no intention of returning to management until June. Gallardo was with River Plate for seven and a half years.

Pochettino, meantime, has been jobless ever since he was fired by PSG in the summer of 2018, despite the fαct that he guided the Parisian giants to the Ligue 1 championship in the previous season (2021-2022).

Before taking the helm at Paris Saint-Germain for the past 18 months, Mauricio Pochettino managed in England for almost six years with Southampton and Tottenham, guiding the latter club to a runner-up finish in the Premier League in the 2016–17 campaign and all the way to the final of the Champions League in May of this year.

Pochettino has a record of 132 wins, 61 draws, and 63 losses in 256 games as a manager for the Saints and Spurs in the Premier League. Earlier this season, it was rυmored that Pochettino is interested in making a comeback to the Premier League.

However, it appears that Leeds’ attempt to sign the Argentine was not successful, and the club is continuing to look for a new head coach to replace Jesse Marsch.

It is common knowledge that Mauricio Pochettino has an interest in succeeding Graham Potter as manager of Chelsea Football Club in the event that the Englishman is fired.

Pochettino is also rυmored to be open to international management, and he stated in December that he is “open to everything” in response to a question about the possibility of his replacing Gareth Southgate as the manager of England.

Of course, the nature of my interactions with the English has always been positive. According to what Mauricio Pochettino said with The Athletic, “We have a very excellent relationship with the academies, and we are trying to develop young players for the national team.” “I have a wonderful sense of belonging here. You can never predict what will occur. I am willing to consider any possibility.

It is expected that Leeds will soon shift their attention to other targets, with the likes of Ange Postecoglou, manager of Celtic, and Nuno Espirito Santo, manager of Al-Ittihad and a former player for Spurs and Wolverhampton Wanderers, likely to be on their list of potential candidates.

The coaching trio of Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo, and Chris Armas was placed in temporary command for Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. They will be in the dugout again on Sunday as Leeds welcomes the Red Devils to Elland Road for the second time this season.