Mauricio Pochettino has been backed to take over at Arsenal

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We now live in a strange, parallel universe where Jose Mourinho is the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. 

Plenty of Spurs fans were rubbing at their eyes and vigorously checking their prescription when the first images emerged of the Portuguese taking training at Hotspur Way.

But it's happened. In football, nothing should really surprise us anymore. 

Mourinho will have had to endure almost a year of speculation about his next move, having been sacked by Manchester United last December. 

Now it's Mauricio Pochettino's turn following his Spurs exit on Tuesday night.

It's testament to the Argentine's work at Tottenham that he is still in huge demand despite their awful start to the season. 

The likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and United are all being linked, but he's also being backed for a job closer to home. 

In the wake of his sacking, he's spending time at his house in Spain, which he still owns from his time in charge at Espanyol. 

If he doesn't fancy selling up in north London either, then Harry Redknapp thinks he should be appointed Arsenal manager. 

The pundit, who managed Spurs between 2008-2012, believes that with the Spaniard under pressure, Gunners fans would relish Pochettino's arrival. 

“With Pochettino going from Tottenham, there will be one or two Premier League managers waking up this morning thinking, ‘oh my god, this ain’t too clever’," he told talkSPORT. 

“And there will be one or two chairmen very excited this morning thinking if there’s any way they could get him in. What a signing he’d be.

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“There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there?

“If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give a monkeys! If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’.

“It happens in football – Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change.

“It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘could we? Can we?’”

Pochettino has, of course, said he would never manage either Arsenal or Barcelona because of his links to Tottenham and Espanyol.

For now at least, and much to the frustration of the Emirates faithful, Unai Emery remains in charge.

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