Mauricio Pochettino has been urged by a number of former Tottenham players and managers to publicly rule himself out of the Manchester United job.
Harry Redknapp, Clive Allen and Tim Sherwood joined talkSPORT to offer their verdict on the rampant speculation surrounding the Argentine’s future.
Man United on Wednesday hired club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season, replacing Jose Mourinho after he was sacked on Tuesday morning.
The Red Devils will look to appoint their next permanent boss in the summer, with Pochettino one of the favourites.
The Tottenham coach refused to comment of those reports earlier this week, and while he said he is fully focused on Spurs that has not halted the links to Old Trafford.
Those rumours are unlikely to go away until the manager shuts down the story himself.
And Tottenham legend Allen has told Pochettino to do just that.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former striker said: “I think he should come out and say, ‘I have no interest in the Manchester United job’.
“Obviously there is going to be speculation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the position of temporary manager, and I think that speculation is going to continue throughout the rest of the season.”
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, former boss Redknapp added: “If Pochettino wants to stay at Tottenham, he’s got to come out and say ‘no [to Man United], I’m staying here’.
“But at the moment he doesn’t seem to be saying that.”
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Ex-player and manager Sherwood, meanwhile, hopes the Argentine will remain at Spurs at least for enough time to ‘complete his project’– saying at just 46-years-old he has plenty of time to move to a bigger club in the future.
He told Thursday’s Sports Breakfast: “I’m sure he will come out and he’ll toe the line by saying he’s concentrating fully on Tottenham, and that’s it.
“But that won’t satisfy everyone and the questions will continue.
“It’s a tough one for him.
“For me, he’s building something at Tottenham and he’s done brilliantly since he’s been with the club, but he’s half way through the project and I think he needs to continue and stay there.
“He’s still mid-40s so he’s always got time to go to a big giant.
“Only he will know.”
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