Where will Poch end up next? The contenders.
Mauricio Pochettino has just been axed by Tottenham but it will not be long before he is back in a top job somewhere in Europe.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy may think that Pochettino is no longer the man to take his club onwards and upwards, but it will not be a view shared by many, and the Argentinean will not be short of offers in the coming weeks and months.
There will no doubt be a number of reasons why Levy and his board have taken the decision to axe Pochettino.
Poor results towards the end of last season, and a poor start to this campaign with Spurs sitting in 14th in the Premier League and in danger of missing out on the Champions League, being the main one.
However, Poch has worked wonders during his five-year spell with Spurs. He may leave with his P45 and without a trophy, but his reputation will not have been damaged by the sacking and it will not be long before he is back.
So where will Pochettino coach next? There are a number of possibilities.
Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga giants have just handed Hansi Flick the job on a short-term basis until Christmas following the sacking of Niko Kovac. It has been suggested he could be keeping the seat warm for someone. That someone could be Pochettino.
It would give him time to have a short break before jumping straight back into it with one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Would be too good to turn down surely.
Real Madrid. Los Blancos have been linked in the past and with Zinedine Zidane’s future at the Bernabeu still in some doubt, there could soon be a vacancy to fill. Could be a dream job for Pochettino and he may wait and hold out for it.
Barcelona. Just like their arch rivals Real, they have shown an interest in the past and could again if they decide to part company with Ernesto Valverde, whose job looks to be far from secure at this moment.
Juventus. A huge season for the Bianconeri and coach Maurizio Sarri, who only took charge at the start of the season. Things are going well so far as they lead the Serie A title race from Inter Milan but there is a long way to go. Could be the end of the season at the earliest before this job is up for grabs.
Manchester United. According to Harry Redknapp, Pochettino came close to getting the United job after the departure of Jose Mourinho. The Reds claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has their backing and is the man to take them forward. Now Pochettino is free and available we may find out shortly if that is true or not.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.