Maurcio Pochettino has steered Tottenham to the verge of a title challenge

By Amir Mir

Spanish football expert Terry Gibson believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s links with Espanyol means he would not suit the Barcelona job.

Sky Sports pundit Gibson was gathering a list of names that would suit the managerial role at the Nou Camp, which will become available when Luis Enrique leaves at the end of the season.

Gibson picked Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola top of his list, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp third.

Former FA Cup winner Gibson believes the La Liga giants should aim to appoint a manager with “elite reputation” but he sounded Pochettino off his list.

“I’ve left Pochettino off the list, though, mainly because of the Espanyol connection,” Gibson told Sky Sports. 

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Former Argentina international Pochettino spent eight years of his playing days at Barca’s rivals Espanyol before managing them for three years.

He joined Southampton in 2013 where he enjoyed a successful spell at the south coast club before moving to White Hart Lane in 2014.

Upon his move to north London, he is on course to guide Spurs to consecutive Champions League places as they aim to win their maiden Premier League title.

The club’s key man has moulded a young team blended with experience, who are four points behind leaders Chelsea in the table.

The Argentine has been applauded for the manner in which he has brought through young players such as Dele Alli, including giving academy players a chance.

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