By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

4th Nov, 2022 | 12:40pm

'Huge coup' for Leeds United as Mauricio Pochettino to Elland Road speculation emerges - Sky Sports pundit

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

It would take a “huge transfer budget” for Leeds United to lure Mauricio Pochettino to Elland Road to replace Jesse Marsch, according to Paul Robinson.

Marsch may have overseen a shock 2-1 win at Liverpool for Leeds to move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone last week but a potential sacking still looms for the American.

According to the Sunday Mirror (print edition, 30 October, page 77) it’s only a “matter of time” before the board does eventually get rid of Marsch, who’s not really overseen an improvement on Marcelo Bielsa’s reign at the Yorkshire club.

Former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain Pochettino is currently out of work and his name has cropped up in conversations about who would replace Marsch if he does go.

Michael Hincks reported on iNews on 29 October that the Argentine is someone who could be sounded out by Leeds if they’re in need of a new manager while Jeff Stelling also suggested he could be in contention on Sky Sports News on 25 October.

While Robinson would be over the moon with Leeds hiring Pochettino, he doesn’t see it happening unless a massive financial commitment is made by the owners.

“When you look out there and look at the managers who have been linked, the one who I would love to see there would be Pochettino,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

That’s a pipe dream and obviously he’s not going to come to Leeds.

If Leeds were higher up the table, maybe they could get somebody like that. But at the moment, if Leeds were looking for a manager, the only reason they’d be doing that is if their Premier League safety was in danger.

The only way they could entice Pochettino right now would be with a huge transfer budget and a huge financial wage.

His stature in European football – in world football – is at a level where he’s linked with all the top jobs.

For him to come out of that and take a job at Leeds would be a huge coup for Leeds United.

But there’ll need to be a lot of incentives for him to do that.”

In other Leeds United news, a European club has confirmed they’ll be doing an official farewell for a player who’s been signed by the Whites.