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Mauricio Pochettino wanted by Athletic Bilbao if Ricardo Barkala wins presidential election

Mauricio Pochettino will become a surprise target for Athletic Bilbao if Ricardo Barkala wins this month’s elections at the San Mames… with the presidential candidate keen to pair him alongside old Spurs and Espanyol sporting director Ramon Planes

  • Mauricio Pochettino is wanted by an Athletic Bilbao presidential candidate
  • If Ricardo Barkala emerges victorious he will try to appoint the PSG manager
  • Barkala also plans to make Ramon Planes his new sporting director if he prevails
  • Planes has worked with Pochettino in the past at both Tottenham and Espanyol 

One of the candidates to become Athletic Bilbao’s new president wants Mauricio Pochettino to take over as coach at the Basque club.

Athletic will hold elections on June 24 and if Ricardo Barkala emerges victorious from a list of four candidates he will make Ramon Planes his new Sporting Director.

Planes has worked with Pochettino before at both Espanyol and Tottenham and has put the Argentine at the top of his list as new coach.

Athletic are currently without a manager after they parted company with Marcelino at the end of last season.

One of the candidates to become Athletic Bilbao’s new president wants Mauricio Pochettino

If Ricardo Barkala emerges victorious in the June 24 elections he will try to hire the PSG boss

If Ricardo Barkala emerges victorious in the June 24 elections he will try to hire the PSG boss

Marcelo Bielsa and Ernesto Valverde, who have both coached the club in the past, have been linked but Barkala and Planes want Pochettino.

It would be a surprise if Pochettino accepted the challenge of working outside the Champions League.

It would also be a radical change for the 50-year-old Argentine who has spent the last two seasons at a club capable of signing any player in the world.

He would be taking over a team where the pool of options is reduced to those born in a limited radius of the club’s San Mames stadium due to the club’s unique Basque-only signing policy.

Barkala also wants to team Pochettino up with ex-Tottenham sporting director Ramon Planes

Barkala also wants to team Pochettino up with ex-Tottenham sporting director Ramon Planes

Pochettino famously took Tottenham to the 2019 Champions League final after the club failed to sign a single player the previous summer.

Barkala is favourite to win the election this month. His closest rival Inaki Arechabaleta wants to bring back former Leeds coach Bielsa.

The Argentine, who will be 67 next month led the side to two cup finals in a glorious first season but left after a less successful second campaign.



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