By Mark Smith

7th Feb, 2023 | 8:10am

Mauricio Pochettinho moving to Leeds United would be high risk in new manager update

It is unclear whether or not Mauricio Pochettino would take on the “high risk” role at Leeds United after the sacking of Jesse Marsch, according to the Guardian.

The newspaper reported in its print edition [07 February, back page] that the South American is available, alongside other past big names such as Rafa Benitez.

Pochettino is said to have a greater appeal than Benitez, but it is Carlos Corberan and Rayo Vallecano’s Androni Iraola who are high on the shortlist so far.

Writing for the Guardian on Tuesday 7 February, Louise Taylor dangled a few names out that could get Leeds fans excited at Elland Road yet again.

“Rafael Benitez is available, while the similarly unattached Mauricio Pochettino could have great appeal, but it is unclear whether the former Tottenham manager would consider such a high-risk posting,” she wrote.

Why not?

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The 49ers Enterprises will no doubt be playing a huge role in this search and they are no doubt going to be ambitious as they get set to complete their full takeover.

With money available to spend being proven in January, this is a squad packed with talent that deserves the very best, not just Corberan because he is the easy link.

Don’t get us wrong, we think Carlos is doing a superb job at West Brom but is he ready for the Premier League and the pressures that come with it? We think not.

Someone like Pochettino would be a huge statement to make, and paying big wages to a manager isn’t new ground, with Marcelo Bielsa raking in the big bucks during his stay in West Yorkshire.

Bielsa spending so much time here is also another reason why Pochettino may be tempted.

Yes, it may be a high-risk move for the Argentine compared to Spurs and Paris Saint-Germain, but surely it is worth making that approach with the vision of this long-term project we keep hearing about.

All eyes are on Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, a club is already looking for replacements as the Whites aim for their priority candidate