Tuesday 17 September 2019

'The platform we created is more important than one person' - Mauricio Pochettino coy on future

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Reuters
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Mauricio Pochettino has spoken passionately about his hopes for a bright future at Tottenham, after he emerged as the leading contender to succeed Jose Mourinho as the next permanent Manchester United manager.

United insiders have made little secret of their admiration for Pochettino since they decided to sack Mourinho last Tuesday, but the Argentine tactician has told Sky Sports that Spurs could is a club that will soon be ready to compete for major trophies.

"We are going to have one of the best facilities in the world, the training ground with the new stadium," said Pochettino, with Tottenham set to move to their new 60,062-seater home at some point in 2019.

"On the football side, all that we are building here will be in the same level. When you add and mix it all together it is going to be the time to win titles and deliver what the people expect.

"We still have not won a trophy, but I think we have won more than that, because after four-and-a-half-years' work together, to have a contract for another four-and-a-half years is a massive achievement in the current climate. To create that is a massive achievement for us.

"The platform that we have created here in Tottenham is the most important, the platform we created between all the coaching staff - in the academy and the first team. The platform we created is more important than one person.

"It's a very dynamic situation, football is so dynamic. The platform always improves players and the team. That platform is always changing because you always have to improve in football, you are learning in the same process.

"That is important for the club to sustain and maintain the ideas in the way that you work."

Pochettino also insisted his relationship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy remained strong, despite the club's failure to sign any new players last summer.

"I speak to him a lot, we talk a lot, we have very good communication," Pochettino added. "We don't always agree but, of course, that is normal.

"He is a person with a lot of experience managing this type of project and we are football people trying to advise on the decision on football.

"That means sometimes we agree and sometimes we don't agree. But after, when the decision is made, we are so strong in the delivery of it which shows it is best for the club.

"Many, many things happen in a football club, we are in contact nearly every day. On one side I listen more and agree with him, on another side he must agree with me in some decisions.

"But, always, we try to reach a compromise. He has one view, we have another. We are on different levels, of course he is my boss and then I need to respect him.

"At some point I need to convince him but when he wants to do something, because he's the boss, he doesn't need to convince me.

"Sometimes it looks like the board and the chairman are the worst enemy of the manager and the coaching staff, the football versus the financial side, but the relationship is good and we always try to make the best decision for the club."

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