Mauricio Pochettino Rants About Lack of Input in Spurs Transfer Activity

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino isn’t going anywhere right now, but one has to wonder how long he’ll stay put in north London long term. Pochettino has previously hit out at the club’s very underwhelming transfer business trend, but never quite like this.

The Argentine has said publicly, on at least a couple occasions that he might have left the club had Spurs won the UEFA Champions League tournament. If Poch continues receiving little to no support from his board, in terms of player recruitment and roster reinforcement, then maybe his days with the club will be numbered.

The current Spurs boss said on Wednesday that his job title should be changed from “manager” to “coach “as he vented his disgust in having no influence over transfer policy.

“I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players,” Pochettino said at an Audi Cup press conference.

“The club need to change my [job] title and description, no?”

“My job now is to coach the team. It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for the club and maybe they need to change my title.”

Spurs did break the club transfer fee record in signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele at the beginning of the month, but he was the first addition that the club had made in 517 days! They also signed Leeds United winger Jack Clarke, but he will be immediately loaned back to Leeds for the upcoming season.

Spurs have been linked to a host of targets this summer, including former star Gareth Bale, and highly coveted up-and-comer Ryan Sessegnon, but it’s difficult to fathom their getting either of those deals over the line before deadline day.

And it’s difficult to imagine Pochettino staying loyal to Chairman Daniel Levy and the club in the long term, should the current status quo remain in place.

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  1. What was Pochettino brought to Spurs to do, manage/coach the team of players or manage the club in it’s entirety? As part of his job description was he put in charge of the clubs finances as well as be their chief negotiator on transfers in and out of the club? As far as I’m aware, he is the manager of the team and nothing else. As for him not having anything to do with players coming to or leaving the club, he is a bare faced liar. He along with Steve Hitchen and Levy, are the brains behind transfers.
    Didn’t Ndombele only very only recently tell all and sundry that his face to face talks with Pochettino convinced him to join the club and Levy duly shattered our transfer record for to the tune of £65M. The same Pochettino also convinced Moura, Son, Llorente, Sanchez, Sissoko, Trippier (now gone), Foyte, Alderweireld, Aurier, Clark (loaned back to Leeds) as well as Janssen to join the club. Now unless he has a doppelganger, I reiterate, the man is a bare faced liar who loves playing up to his adoring audience in the press. I’m afraid I just don’t understand what he’s coming out with unless he’s trying to be sarcastic. If he wants unlimited funds and total control, perhaps he’d be better off at a club who will indulge his every whim without question.

  2. Poch needs to be more diplomatic, I think and address his concerns with Levy rather than shoot his mouth with the press because they can sometimes blow this issue out of context which Is bad news. Personally I think Levy should get Le Celso and Sesegnon before the deadline and then I think it will make Spurs more competitive and the results will come, hopefully some silverware as well COYS

  3. Sorry mate where are you coming from the manager gives the board the players he wants they go out and try to get them with spurs Levy is the one who goes after players with him the cheaper the better new stadium. New training ground both top class rubbish team he has said there is money available but it looks like not for new players

  4. David G Midson says

    If Levy continues to mess clubs about constantly offering half what they want they won’t even bother listening. He will never back the manager in transfer market the way they would like.
    When you look at the prices we sell for (cheap) he seems to think everyone will.
    Offer what they are worth and we might get them!!
    We will end up with the leftover on deadline day

  5. Brian Jones says

    You cannot fault levy for wanting to knock the prices of players down. On the other hand you also cannot knock Poch for wanting the players he must tell Levy he wants being lost or not recruited until last minute. Both need to get their heads together and do what is best for the club and the fans.

  6. Michael Jacobs says

    In my opinion this is an inopportune moment to make such remarks when negotiations are still in process that makes matters more complicated to conclude. As we know by previous experience in the signing of seven players never brought success. It is only by skill and patience in acquiring the kind of player that will add extra quality to the squad will bring long term success.

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