By Noel Whelan

17th Apr, 2020 | 1:07pm

'It beggars belief' - Exclusive: Tottenham paying £8.5m-a-yr deal leaves pundit stunned

Noel Whelan admits he is stunned that Tottenham would continue to pay former manager Mauricio Pochettino after his sacking back in November.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker insists that the Argentine is in a “good place” as he finds himself out of work but still receiving a wage from the Lilywhites.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Pochettino is currently on gardening leave with Spurs continuing to pay his £8.5million salary until he finds a new job.

It is stated that Spurs are in talks with the Argentine, as well as his backroom staff, over a reduction of wages during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whelan insists that the north Londoners let a “great” manager go last year and that it is proving a costly decision from chairman Daniel Levy.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I just think when he’s got that much left on his contract, it’s a shame how you can let £8.5million go and sack a manager who was wanted by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United – it beggars belief.

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“Pochettino’s going to be a manager who’s going to be wanted by a lot of clubs. He’s a great manager, I was surprised when they let him go but Mourinho is in there now.

“They’re still paying him off which is a lot of money as well but Pochettino’s in a good place. Other managers know that if they don’t produce, he’s probably the first name they’re going to go for.” 

Spurs were sitting outside the top-ten when Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho last year, despite having reached the Champions League final last season.

The Lilywhites are currently eighth in the Premier League table, seven points off fourth, with nine games left to play.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has backed Spurs to pull off a great defender signing as the club prepare for transfer talks.