Tuesday June 4 2019
Top notch Poch for Juve

Considering what Juventus are seeking from a new Coach, Elio Salerno maintains Mauricio Pochettino is the ideal candidate.

It has been just under a month since Juventus announced that they would be parting ways with Max Allegri. Since then, there has been a steady stream of rumours as to who will replace the Tuscan tactician.

Over the weekend, news intensified that the Bianconeri’s new boss had been identified and a deal was in place to bring him to Turin. That man is supposedly former Napoli chief and newly crowned Europa League champion with Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri. It is a well-known fact that there remains another camp in all this, those that are adamant Pep Guardiola will actually be presented as Allegri's successor. The Old Lady are in a position of power, and President Andrea Agnelli is in no rush to appoint a new Coach, so you can take your time and research on what the odds of the best football operators are

However, following Saturday’s Champions League Final, another of Europe’s best may now be available. The name that has been lurking in the background for some time is that of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine came off second best against Liverpool in Madrid and some will be quick to point out that defeat in that particular Final is ideal preparation for life at Juve.

As with the others, there is a difficulty factor in bringing ‘Poch’ to Italy. Having recently signed a new long term and lucrative contract, it will not be easy to break him free from the shackles of notoriously difficult Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

Despite recently moving into a magnificent new stadium and reaching the final of Europe’s elite football competition, there is an argument to be had that Pochettino has done the absolute maximum possible with Spurs. Of course, with significant investment in playing staff, he could yet further develop Tottenham, taking a similar route to that of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

Assuming new players do not arrive and Pochettino wants to leave, then moving to a bigger club in Juventus and to a region of Italy where he has family roots, would surely be high on his agenda.

The Juventus of today are unrecognisable to that of 10 years ago. A modern-day club, proactively searching for new ways to progress their business model while attempting to continually win trophies.

So what’s missing? There is one glaring omission from the recent trophy haul, but that aside, the shiny Juventus brand does not reflect the action seen at the Allianz Stadium. Ultimately, for all the good work undertaken off the pitch, new fans and plaudits are attracted by action on the field, and it is here where Juve are lacking.

Step up Mister Pochettino, because the former Espanyol defender is in a situation similar to Juve’s. Both are at a crossroads where the next decision they make will shape their immediate futures.

The 47-years-old’s coaching career began just over a decade ago at the Catalonian club he represented as a player and has since shown continued growth. Poch is in keeping with football’s current fashion. Well presented with a bright charismatic personality, he promotes intense, fluid and expansive football. It is a relationship that would be beneficial for both parties, a path that both need to follow. Juventus must continue their transformation as a club by appointing this kind of Coach, and Pochettino is at a stage where this would be a welcome challenge, one that could project him to new levels. The opportunity to develop together and create something exciting is clearly there.

Prepared and able to work with an existing squad, the current Spurs boss has proven to be someone that can develop players at his disposal and there is star potential in Turin crying out for the kind of guidance Pochettino offers. There would be no need for a squad revolution, but a youthful refresh with a small number of significant investments sufficient enough to provide Poch with the required tools.

Despite recognition from across the game that Pochettino is one of the best around, he is lacking a major trophy, something that on a personal level he must be desperate to change. La Vecchia Signora are trophy hunters and can provide him with a realistic opportunity of winning silverware both domestically and on the continent. This is another example of the similarities in their situations, both have missions that are yet to be accomplished and have motivation to do so.

From a wider perspective, appointing Pochettino would be great for Serie A and Calcio overall. The influence of a top foreign Coach could prove beneficial in bringing fresh ideas and new challenges to the league. This kind of change at Italy’s top club could be an important opportunity for Italian football to break away from usual regime and welcome a different perspective on the game.

At the current time, there appears to be a remote chance of Mauricio Pochettino taking charge at Juventus for the new season and while his recent focus has been rightly been elsewhere, perhaps there is now a chance to turn his head.

It is clear with the names mentioned that with this new appointment, there’s a will on Juve’s part to change style, establish an identity and create a philosophy. Considering all the elements, Mr Pochettino the ideal candidate.

Have your say...
Any coach that makes winning the CL the priority is who Juve should aim for. Guardiola and Klopp will build their teams around that goal. I'm not 100% sure of Sarri given when he coached Napoli and the lame excuses he had for defeats in Europe. Poch's desire? Juve should be able to tell after a few minutes of chatting with him whether he makes every excuse in the book why Spurs lost or whether he wants revenge and wants to go for it again. None are bad but pick the one with the greatest hunger.
on the 6th June, 2019 at 12:37am
Take my advice @Pinturicchio, get out of your pathetic room and take courses for coaching badge up to level 3 atleast. That way you will understand whats like football in professionals' point of view. Dont you get tired talking football without proper knowledge? LOL for me, i would rather talking football on the pitch because Im only here to make fun with some big headed fans like you are.
on the 6th June, 2019 at 12:19am
LOL listen up kiddo. Read properly before you nag me like a spoiled little brat. Eriksen was one of the worst Spurs performers along with Delle Ali in the final. I repeat IN THE FINAL. While Heung Min Son was their best performer. As usual, you can only put all the blames on the coach when team didnt play good. Of course, because of your tiny brain you can't see things properly. Stage fright? Spurs were playing attacking football, you idiot. It's Liverpool who parked the bus and it works.
on the 5th June, 2019 at 9:57pm
You're a sad, sad, little pathetic person, @Giancarlo C's Mom. I hope you find a psychiatrist who can treat you...
on the 5th June, 2019 at 3:24pm
Because you have a tiny brain @Pinturicchio.
on the 5th June, 2019 at 7:06am
@Giancarlo C's Mom -

So Eriksen is lame? LMAO Eriksen was one of the creative players behind Spurs' run to the final... And what about Poch being a pony and playing Kane from the start, when Lucas was the semifinal hero?

Poch played well throughout the tournament, but he had stage fright at the biggest stage. Sounds familiar? Your loverboy Allegri suffered from the same complex...

Now stop being the pain in the a-hole that you really are and quit pestering me. You're an annoying brat.
on the 5th June, 2019 at 4:54am
@Pinturicchio. So, now you dont want Poch because he loses in ONE MATCH with a team who never taste a CL final against Liverpool that play like Allegri's? A very good coach who failed in a single game because he had lame wingers and his key players like Harry Kane and Eriksen betrayed him. They were so scared so they didn't want to play more with the ball. I can point out more why Poch loses the final game but it's useless. 
on the 4th June, 2019 at 9:51pm
@Giancarlo C's Mom - I'm gonna spell it out for him: Allegri is that leech who was sucking Juventus dry, and we were going further away from Juve grinta... 1-0 and defending with 8 men behind the ball is not grinta... Wanting to play more fluid and attacking but being solid is not Sarri's cup of tea, but at least he can be some good for us. Poch disappointed me, so he's out. Now Giancarlo go back to coaching in Serie D2...
on the 4th June, 2019 at 7:50pm
Right now, an idiot like Pinturicchio is at a crossroads, whether to continue believe in he's a football expert or to accept reality that he's only an idiot who despises Allegri but praises Pocchettino who has similar coaching style with the former. An idiot who despises Sarri but at the same time he wants Juve to play like Sarri's....... O, Pinturicchio.... You're truly an idiot.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 1:59pm
I'm guessing it will be Sarri for the next 2-3 years: because he's immediately available (unlike Guardiola/Poch), because he knows Italian football, because he promises a break from Allegri's increasingly attritional style of football... and also because his age (60) does not allow him to be considered as a long-term option the way Klopp is with Liverpool.

Then after those 2-3 years Agnelli will move on to whichever target he considers more attainable.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 1:43pm
Pochettino might fit tight-fisted ADL and Napoli, not Agnellis.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 11:43am
It'll be fun to see how FI handles Sarri at Juve, I mean, Sarri is a god around here and Juve is Satan. I foresee a lot of Dissociative Disorders happening around here. Lol.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 11:33am
Pretty crazy to me that FI has not been able to devote a single line to the fact that the Italian Women's national team will be participating the the women's world cup this coming month. I've been looking out for something, but all I see is mediocre blog posts speculating about a seas which is still three months away...
on the 4th June, 2019 at 11:01am
Really and truly I think the better option would be Sarri. you need a gambler or a daredevil to win the c.league. I like sarri approach. up 2-1 vs arsenal in the Europa league final. he encourage the team to go forward and score more goals. that is the sort of mentality needed. Pochettino to me seems a little like allegri going the sfe route and playing sentiment like what he did with starting Harry Kane. I would go with the gambler in Sarri. juve needs to get a habit of scoring goals
on the 4th June, 2019 at 10:24am
Juve need a manager with a clear identity to capitalize the squads offensive potential. Also success in Champions League is the goal, Juve need a manager who can compete for CL while maintaining dominance in Serie A.

Sarri has a clear attacking style, he knows Serie A well so Juve can keep winning Scudetto while competing for CL. Also, he now have experience from winning in Europe with Chelsea.

Regardless of what I think about his Napoli past, atm Sarri is the perfect fit for Juve.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 9:59am
I like Poch’s charisma but he isn’t the right man for Juve at this moment.
Guardiola is, and has always been the dream for Juve, but he won’t be coming just yet.

Sarri however is the most suitable and realistic option for Juve. Even though as I Juve fan I see Sarris Napoli past as haunting (for instance when he flipped the bird to Juve fans from the bus) I consider him the right choice from the available top managers.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 9:46am
I thought Poch was the ideal man for Juve for a very long time, but... then I had to suffer watching his team in the champions league final. They were just short of being called a disgrace. Liverpool were there for the taking, Poch bottled it, massively on the big stage in the final.
Juve does not need a coward.
on the 4th June, 2019 at 9:21am
If Juve are chasing the Champions league having this joke as their manager is the worst thing they could do. This guy is the biggest choke artist there is. The only thing he will win is the Scudetto which if we are honest Juve could do without a manager!
on the 4th June, 2019 at 9:07am

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