'Why on earth?' - Exclusive: Levy reported approach stuns Mills

Danny Mills has laughed off the idea of Mauricio Pochettino taking a cut on the salary owed to him by Tottenham amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted if he were the ex-Spurs manager he would want full payment by the club having been sacked last year.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Argentine, who is currently on gardening leave, has been approached by Daniel Levy to take a cut on his £8.5million salary due to the financial impact of coronavirus.

Members of his backroom staff are also thought to have been asked to take a reduction in wages during these uncertain times.

Pochettino was sacked by the Lilywhites in November and has since been replaced by former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to the report, Mills told: “If I was Pochettino and I was owed money by Spurs? No chance. I am sorry but I am not having it all.

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“Why should he help the club? They sacked him. It is as simple as that.

“If he has a real affinity to the club then maybe he can extend the terms and have it over a longer period of time but if you were sacked by somebody why on earth would you do them a favour to help them out? No chance. Never in a million years.

“I am sorry but it is money owed. It was their choice to sack him. I would be saying, “Good one! Return to sender,” if I was Pochettino.”

Spurs reversed their decision to furlough non-playing staff earlier this month due to significant pressure from players, the Supporter’s Trust and fans.

A return date for the Premier League is far from set in stone but Football Insider understands the authorities are hopeful of a resumption in mid-June.

In other Tottenham news, Michael Brown has told Football Insider his verdict on Lucas Moura’s comments on the future of Harry Kane.