What is Pochettino’s record as manager?

Mauricio Pochettino, PSG boss linked with Man Utd

It appears Manchester United are closing in on hiring Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino as the successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pochettino's superb reputation comes, predominantly, as a result of his time at Tottenham where he turned the club from Europa League regulars to Champions League contenders.

And the Argentine is thought to be ready to leave the Parisian outfit in favour of a return to the Premier League.

United will be hoping that, with his extensive knowledge of English football, he can get the best out of the current crop of talented players.

So, here's a look at the 49-year-old's managerial record to date.

Pochettino's record at Espanyol

Pochettino took over relegation threatened Espanyol, a club he enjoyed several years of his playing career with, in January 2009.

He managed to secure a mid-table finish that season, beating local rivals Barcelona in the process.

Eleventh, eighth and 14th placed finishes followed before the Argentine was let go in November 2012 after a poor start to the campaign.

He left the club with 53 wins, at a rate of 32.9%.

Pochettino's record at Southampton

Again taking over mid-season, the now-PSG head coach replaced Nigel Adkins at Southampton.

An eighth place finish in the 2013/14 season won him many plaudits, particularly given his lack of understanding of the English language.

A 38.3% win rate is more than good enough for a previously bottom-half side.

Pochettino's record at Tottenham

Pochettino's spell at the Tottenham was the longest, and most impressive, of his managerial career to date.

His five-year reign included four consecutive top-four finishes, as well as League Cup and Champions League final appearances.

The criticism, of course, was that he never managed to bring silverware to the north London club.

But, in fairness, Spurs had no business competing for major honours with such little investment.

The 159 wins to 72 losses proves that Pochettino was Tottenham's best manager of the Premier League era.

Pochettino's record at Paris Saint-Germain

The Argentine took over from Thomas Tuchel midway through the 2020/21 season, and failed to turn the club's fortunes around quick enough to win the Ligue 1 title.

However, he has won two trophies, albeit not the major honours, which would have been something of a monkey off his back.

A near 70% win rate is excellent, but PSG have by far the best squad in French football.

Pochettino's managerial stats

Games = 568

Wins = 274

Draws = 122

Losses = 172

Win % = 48.2%

Pochettino's record has suffered as a result of managing bottom-half teams, unlike Pep Guardiola for example, but it's impressive nonetheless.

And it's not just the results, but the style of play, that makes him one of the most sought-after coaches in the world.

His high-intensity attack-minded brand of football is a joy to watch.