By Wayne Veysey

24th Sep, 2022 | 12:39pm

Sources: Major update on Mauricio Pochettino managing Aston Villa

Mauricio Pochettino is keen on the possibility of managing Aston Villa as he plots a Premier League return, sources have told Football Insider.

This site revealed on 29 August that the Argentine was on the target list of the Midlands big hitters along with Graham Potter.

The Englishman has subsequently been appointed the new Chelsea manager while Pochettino remains eager to return to management.

It is believed the former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss is keen on the right project and is not interested only in joining a Champions League club.

Pochettino has reportedly already turned down an approach from French club OGC Nice.

However, he would be very open to transforming the fortunes of a Villa side that have struggled to make the most of the vast investment of owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris.

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The Premier League club lost three of their first four Premier League matches of the season and manager Steven Gerrard was booed by a section of supporters after their 1-0 defeat to West Ham last month.

They subsequently rallied with a 1-0 home win over Southampton last week (16 September) but the international break has stifled any potential momentum gathered with that victory.

Gerrard has failed to make a noticeable improvement on last season so far in the new campaign despite a sizable summer outlay which exceeded £60million (as per Transfermarkt).

Diego Carlos, Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, and Leander Dendoncker are among the new arrivals as Villa strive to better their 14th-place finish in 2021-22.

Aston Villa face Leeds United after the international break (2 October).

In other news, Aston Villa expert cites Kenny Dalglish cited amid “tremendous” player claim.