Kevin Phillips has suggested the money and ambition of the prospective new owners of Newcastle United could be enough to seduce Mauricio Pochettino.
However, the former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 48-year-old’s priority will be to join a club in which he can challenge “straight away” for trophies.
According to Sky Sports, the PCP Partners have identified the Argentine as their number one choice for the managerial post at St. James Park.
The prospective new owners are reportedly willing to offer the former Spurs manager £19million a year to replace Steve Bruce.
It would make Pochettino one of the highest-paid managers in the world and second only to Pep Guardiola in the Premier League.
When asked by Football Insider if the astronomical salary would turn the Argentine’s head, Phillips said: “It is no surprise when owners have come in with the sort of wealth that we are talking about. Why not aim for the best?
“Pochettino is a good manager but he never won anything at Tottenham. I think it will take a couple of years, if everything goes right for Newcastle, for them to be challenging.
“Pochettino will be interested, for £19million a year, that can be hard to turn down.
“I am sure it is not all about the money for him though, he will want to win stuff and I think he will want to be challenging straight away at his next club.”
As revealed by Football Insider last week, appointing a “world-beater” manager is the top priority for the incoming owners as they look to transform the Magpies.
Steve Bruce’s tenure looks all but up on Tyneside despite Newcastle sitting 13th with nine games to play in the Premier League.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider 23-year-old will benefit greatly if PCP Partners transfer plans come off.