By Danny Wright
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that it is a “very sad” situation that is revolving around Slaven Bilic at West Ham with the Croat under intense pressure to improve results in East London.
Pochettino is hopeful that his counter-part can turn things around with the Hammers, but has added that he doesn’t want him to start when the two London rivals come to blows in the League Cup on Wednesday night at Wembley.
It has been widely reported that Bilic has two games to save his job at West Ham after last Friday’s woeful 3-0 home loss to Brighton in the Premier League.
Ronald Koeman has also recently been sacked by Everton this week and Pochettino has revealed that he will offer his support to any other top-flight manager should they ever find their job under threat.
“It’s never good to hear that” said Pochettino on Bilic’s situation, as quoted by Football.London. “I know very well how our job is. I care a lot about my colleagues and of course to hear that is not good news. I hope that all is going well for him, but after our game of course.”
When asked about Koeman’s axe at Goodison, the Argentinean boss replied: “”In the same way as we were talking about Bilic, I think it’s very sad. We have a very good relationship with Ronald and of course I’m so sorry for him, and it’s the same – I hope he moves on, and if he can find another job here it will be fantastic because he’s a great manager and, again, I just wish him all the best.”
Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in their previous encounter at the London Stadium in what was a pulsating affair that almost saw Bilic mastermind a brilliant late comeback.
The League Cup will represent both Spurs and the Hammers with a massive chance of silverware this season, although Tuesday night’s results proved that most of the Premier League big guns are taking the competition seriously.
For whoever wins on Wednesday, the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal will all be awaiting in the quarter final draw as well as potentially Chelsea, who face managerless Everton at Stamford Bridge.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has confirmed this Spurs attacker is out of the clash against the Hammers.