Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on November 9, 2019(Image: IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Why Mauricio Pochettino's lack of silverware could put would-be Newcastle United owners off

Mauricio Pochettino's lack of silverware could put the would-be owners of Newcastle United off - according to the talkSPORT pundit


The prospective owners of Newcastle United could be wary of appointing Mauricio Pochettino due to his lack of silverware.

That's the view of talkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy, who believes a potential instant demand for success on Tyneside following a takeover could count against the Argentinian manager.

Pochettino led Tottenham to the finals of the Champions League and the League Cup during his five-year spell in north London, but was unsuccessful in his bid to land a trophy.

The 48-year-old earned praise for his development of young players such as Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks, but Murphy believes the lack of winners' medals will count against Pochettino when applying for the top jobs.

The former England and Liverpool midfielder believes the potential influx of cash at St James' Park could lead to heightened expectations for immediate success.

As a result, Murphy believes this ambition could actually see Pochettino ruled out of the running for the Magpies' post.

Murphy told talkSPORT: “I was one of his biggest fans.

“How he brought players forward and coached them to get better and he wasn’t always in the moment of, ‘we have to win or else’.

“He developed players and the team really quickly and brilliantly.

“The problem he’s got is the big, big clubs who desperately want success yesterday, Tottenham being one of them when they brought [Jose] Mourinho in, usually go down the route of who is tried and tested.

“It’s the same with players. If you want success quickly, you need the best. When Liverpool brought in [Rafa] Benitez [in 2004], his biggest attribute was that he’d won the league in Spain and Liverpool wanted to win the league in England.

“Tottenham want silverware, the fans want silverware, they bring in Mourinho and paid the earth for it because everywhere he’s gone he’s won silverware.

“Pochettino hasn’t, so he needs a club who are a bit like him, which is progressive, on the way up, something that’s going to take a bit of time.

“Newcastle have been talked about, I understand that. But if Newcastle’s owners have got that much money and they want success now, would you give [the job] to Pochettino? He’s never won a trophy.”