With news of a big money takeover around the corner, many Newcastle fans have started to look forward to what could be an exciting future for the club. While the ethics surrounding a Middle-Eastern state taking over the club can certainly be questioned, many have chosen to overlook this and instead think of the money that they will bring to the table.
Some already have pipe dreams of signing some of the biggest names in world football, but it's likely a change of manager will be one of the first bits of business conducted by the new owners.
Steve Bruce has done a decent job this season, with Newcastle currently sitting in 13th place in the Premier League. However, it would seem the potential new owners have their sights set on a big-name recruit.
Mauricio Pochettino has been strongly linked with a move to the North-East and would seem to be a major potential coup for the club. He did a brilliant job with Spurs, bringing them to the Champions League final and making them a permanent fixture in the competition.
Attracting a manger of his calibre would be very impressive, but one commentator believes that the Argentine may not even be good enough for Newcastle.
Speaking on talkSPORT, former England midfielder Danny Murphy said that he believes Pochettino may not be good enough to lead the club to the heights they are hoping to reach:
I was one of [Pochettino's] biggest fans. How he brought players forward and coached them to get better and he wasn’t always in the moment of: ‘we have to win or else’.
He developed players and the team really quickly and brilliantly.
The problem he’s got is the big, big clubs who desperately want success yesterday, Tottenham being one of them when they brought [Jose] Mourinho in, usually go down the route of who is tried and tested.
It’s the same with players. If you want success quickly, you need the best.
When Liverpool brought in Benitez, his biggest attribute was that he’d won the league in Spain and Liverpool wanted to win the league in England.
Tottenham want silverware, the fans want silverware, they bring in Mourinho and paid the earth for it because everywhere he’s gone he’s won silverware.
Pochettino hasn’t, so he needs a club who are a bit like him, which is progressive, on the way up, something that’s going to take a bit of time.
Newcastle have been talked about, I understand that.
But if Newcastle’s owners have got that much money and they want success now, would you give it to Pochettino? He’s never won a trophy.
While Pochettino may not have won a trophy at Spurs, there is little doubt that he is one of the best managers around at the moment, meaning this argument is a bit mad.
We're sure Newcastle supporters would welcome him with open arms...