By Richard Parks
Tottenham fans have issued a stern ‘hands-off’ warning to Chelsea amid reports their rivals are targeting a swoop for Mauricio Pochettino.
Sky Sports News reported in the early hours of on Tuesday morning, as quoted by their website, that the west Londoners are considering Pochettino as a summer replacement for Antonio Conte.
It is said that the Spurs manager is a leading candidate, along with Luis Enrique and Maurizio Sarri, for the post that is soon set to be vacant at Stamford Bridge.
Conte is expected to depart Chelsea after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United, just 12 months after winning the Premier League title in his first season in English football.
Pochettino has dropped a few hints in recent weeks that he is not entirely content at Tottenham as he prepares for talks with chairman Daniel Levy about increasing the club’s transfer budget this summer.
Spurs fans are angry about Chelsea’s interest in their manager and have urged their club to fend off all interest in the Argentine, with comments such as “cannot allow” to happen.
Here is as selection of their messages on Twitter:
Absolutely outrageous “story”. What source? There’s no denying Poch will get frustrated and move on if we don’t start to take the ‘risks’ – but this season? And let alone, Chelsea. He hates them as much as we do. Do me a favour.
— Nick. (@NickHarden92) May 15, 2018
@SpursOfficial You can not allow Poch to leave let alone go to Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— David Burke (@djburkey10) May 15, 2018
Why would Poch move to Chelsea? Conte is in a sulk due to the same lack of investment Poch is questioning.
— AtourT (@AT_Spurs) May 15, 2018
In my humble opinion Chelsea is the last club on earth Pochettino would manage. If you’ve read his book it doesn’t remotely fit into the the way he likes to nurture and build his side’s.
Conte earns £6,4m a year, Pochettino’s new deal he’s been offered is the same.
— Dave Ellis (@fullback03) May 15, 2018
So in the last 2 days, Poch has left Spurs, joined Madrid and Chelsea. Kane had to be sold too Madrid to finance the stadium. Toby and Eriksen have left for Barca. Rose has joined Utd, Dembele to Juve. The Stadium won’t be completed in time. The media negativity continues! #COYS
— Breezer (@scoutbreezer) May 15, 2018
Poch to Chelski… Never gunna happen. #coys. ????????????
— Tony (@antleary) May 15, 2018
— Dean (@spurs1206) May 15, 2018
We need to keep Poch Chelscum want Poch ???? #COYS
— Thomas Hapgood (@Tiger118118) May 14, 2018