News update on Pochettino replacing Ole Gunnar who is reportedly facing sack at Utd
Mauricio Pochettino has opened the door on an instant return to the Premier League, declaring himself ready to dive straight back into management.
The former Tottenham boss continues to be linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United.
And he has further stirred the pot by stating that there are “attractive projects for me to take on".
Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham two weeks ago, after a difficult start to the season in north London, with Jose Mourinho coming in as his replacement.
But the ex-Southampton coach remains highly thought of - both at the Emirates and Old Trafford.
Speculation continues to link him with a move to United, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being in situ in the north west.
But Arsenal bosses are currently actively pursuing a new manager, having put Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge following Unai Emery's dismissal on Friday.
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke declared at the weekend that the Gunners are still looking to secure a top four finish this term and that their process to hire a new boss has already begun.
As a free agent, Pochettino is a genuine contender for the top job on the red side of north London, despite previously claiming that he wouldn't make the move.
"There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on,” said Pochettino, speaking to Fox Sports in Argentina.
"But, for the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.
"My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back.
"It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina. However for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here.
"But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven't had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me.
"My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future.
"My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for 10 days.
"At my age I don't need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me."
The Argentine has also been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, where he is greatly admired following his work at Spurs.
The Bavarians currently have Hansi Flick in caretaker charge following the sacking of Niko Kovac last month.
Club chiefs have declared that the former Germany No.2 will be in charge until the winter break and despite a weekend loss to Bayer Leverkusen that is thought to still be the case.
Despite their admiration for Pochettino, it's believed club bosses have Ajax's Erik ten Hag as their No.1 target, and are willing to wait to land the Dutchman.
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