By Richard Parks
Tottenham chiefs are unperturbed by Mauricio Pochettino’s threat to quit the club in the wake of the team’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
The Sun claim the north London club’s hierarchy are adamant Pochettino will not walk out despite the boss claiming it may take “another manager” to lead them to glory.
The Spurs boss made the same comment in two separate media interviews after his team’s 2-1 defeat to United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.
Pochettino’s unprompted declaration has led to speculation he is ready to leave the club after failing to end the trophy drought that has now extended to a decade.
However, the stance of the club is that the Argentine is as committed as ever, and was merely letting off steam following an emotional setback.
“It was seen as no big deal here,” a Spurs source is quoted as saying in the Sun. “Mauricio was just talking long-term after a disappointing day for all of us.
“Nobody at the club expects or wants him to leave. He is still very much determined to continue what he has started.”
Football Insider verdict:
The Spurs board’s public stance may well be that they are comfortable with Pochettino’s comments, but they shouldn’t be. The manager’s words were not said one, but twice, and it was not lost in translation, either, in what is not his native language. It appeared a deliberate attempt by the manager to throw petrol on the fire, and perhaps also force the board to stump up more money to strengthen a team that has performed so well in recent seasons, but ultimately fallen short when it really matters. Spurs top brass should be highly concerned that a manager who has transformed the team could quit because they are not backing him to the tune he wants.
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