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Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino now free to join new club

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Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettinois now free to join a new club following the conclusion of his gardening leave, according to Standard

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.