'Don’t be disappointed' - Poch throws down gauntlet to Levy in huge verdict on Tottenham future
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has thrown the gauntlet down to chairman Daniel Levy in a huge verdict over his future at the north London club.
The Argentinian boss has been with Spurs since arriving from Premier League rivals Southampton in 2014 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the top flight’s most talented coaches, receiving praise for his style of play as well as his development of a young and talented squad.
With a deal which runs until 2021, Pochettino seems tied down to the club, but there have been rumours over the likes of Paris St Germain and Real Madrid potentially poaching him from Tottenham.
When probed about his future he fanned the flames of doubt by refusing to give an answer which committed himself to Spurs, instead discussing the project taking place with either himself or another in charge.
He also gave a potentially massive statement on his immediate future, insisting contractual decisions would be up to Levy and that his own focus was solely on team selection.
Pochettino was quoted by the Times as saying: “If I stay here for three years more, the project will not change.
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“Whether it is me or another, that is the right project to keep pushing, don’t be disappointed if we still don’t win a trophy, the expectation always is massive.
“I am not [Arsène] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson who decide about their own future.
“I decide only about the starting XI in this football club. I am a person who is never going to ask to improve my salary or extend my contract or anything like this. It’s a question for Daniel (Levy).”
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham’s future has gone from looking particularly rosy to filled with uncertainty in a matter of months, and Pochettino’s latest comments are hardly going to fill fans with much confidence. Still, at least he is being transparent and honest instead of swerving the question, even if the supporters want to hear him gush on about staying at the club forever. Will he leave this summer? Unless a massive club come calling then it is massively unlikely, and he is going to want to see his project through until the very end. That end goal is some way off yet, which should not upset Spurs fans too much if it means they keep Pochettino at the helm.