'That's Huge To Get Them Off Wage Bill' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Spurs ditch big earners
It will be a “massive relief” for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to get Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff off their wage bill.
That is the view of former Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, as Pochettino is set to be confirmed as the new Paris Saint-Germain manager.
The Argentine is set to take the reins at his former club following the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel this week.
Pochettino has still been paid his £8.5million annual salary since he left Tottenham due to a clause in his contract.
Coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez have all benefited from a similar agreement.
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“That’s huge to get them off the wage bill,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Especially when there are no fans coming into the ground and the pandemic that we’re going through.
“We know how much football clubs are losing – you cannot afford to be paying four members of staff a huge amount of wages when they’re not even at the club.
“This will be a massive relief for Levy to know that one is ticked off – a massive cut.
“Maybe that money can go elsewhere.”
Pochettino will take over a PSG side that have won seven of the last eight Ligue 1 titles but currently sit in third behind leaders Lyon and Lille.
The division is currently in the middle of a winter break and PSG return to action against Saint-Etienne on 6 January.