The Argentine was ‘relieved of his duties’ by Spurs in November but under the terms of his departure the Londoners were only due compensation had he taken a new job within six months.
That deadline has now passed, two days after the Premier League season was scheduled to end.
Spurs are continuing to pay Pochettino’s full £8.5million salary and, given the circumstances, would welcome the opportunity to remove him from the wage bill at the earliest opportunity.
Pochettino has emerged as a leading target for Newcastle’s prospective new owners, who are close to completing a £300million takeover from Mike Ashley – pending Premier League approval.
PCP Capital Partners, a Saudi-backed consortium, want a high-profile successor to Bruce, with Pochettino, former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, Massimiliano Allegri and Lucien Favre thought to be among their targets.
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