Gary Neville issues warning to Mauricio Pochettino over replacing Unai Emery at Arsenal

Gary Neville has warned Mauricio Pochettino about joining Arsenal
Gary Neville has warned Mauricio Pochettino about joining Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)

Gary Neville has warned Mauricio Pochettino that success may be limited if he replaces struggling manager Unai Emery at Arsenal.

Pochettino has emerged as a figure of interest at the Emirates with the Gunners enduring a miserable run under current boss Emery.

Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at Arsenal last year but is yet to prove he can bring success to the club. The Gunners are currently eighth in the Premier League, eight points off the top-four.

Unai Emery is under extreme pressure at the Emirates
Unai Emery is under extreme pressure at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

Pochettino led Spurs to four successive top-four finishes and the Champions League final last season before losing his job last week. Jose Mourinho was named his successor.

Manchester United legend Neville admits it would be ‘interesting’ to see Pochettino at Arsenal but has warned the Argentine manager over joining Tottenham’s north London rivals.

‘Mauricio Pochettino will get linked with every single job in the next three months,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘I think he is in a position where he can select where he goes next, he’s in a strong position and his next job will be one of the super clubs in Europe.

‘Arsenal would be interesting. It’s happened before George Graham going the other way. Would Spurs fans like that? Would Mauricio do that? Would Arsenal do that? I’m not sure Mauricio would want to do something like that to Spurs.

‘Taking over at Arsenal would be similar to the job he just left at Tottenham, in the sense that there is some investment and spending, but it’s limited.

‘He’s not going to go to Arsenal and win the league in the next two years. Whatever the next job Mauricio takes, he will want to win trophies, that will be the most important factor in the decision.’

Reacting to Pochettino’s surprising departure from Spurs, Neville added: ‘I don’t know what was going on inside Spurs, but I’m less definite than I was a few years ago about sacking managers.

‘From Mauricio’s point of view, it would have been better for this all to have happened at the end of a season, but it unfortunately doesn’t work like that.

‘Sometimes these things happen, I gave up my footballing career in the middle of a season – I couldn’t get to the end of the season.

‘Nobody looks at Pochettino’s sacking and thinks that it wasn’t the right decision for both parties, because if Mauricio had the energy to carry on, I think he would have carried on. He obviously wouldn’t have wanted to be sacked, but part of me feels like the decision suited him at this moment in time.

‘Sometimes these decisions suit both parties and they are decisions that have to be made, they cannot wait.

‘You cannot sack a manager at the first instance of something not being quite right, you have to see it through a period where you know it’s not right.

‘You cannot sack someone after a bad run of games, you’ve got to let them come through it and back them because you appointed them.’

Emery’s Arsenal face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening while Mourinho’s Tottenham take on Champions League rivals Olympiacos tomorrow.

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