Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted away from the north London club in the coming summer, fear the players. The Argentine coach is disappointed with the current situation of Wembley, and also with the possibility of not being able to move into their new stadium before February next year.
Sources close to the manager reportedly claimed that there is absolutely no chance of him leaving mid-season and the Argentine is determined to leading his team to their newly made stadium. However, there is a feeling in the dressing room that the players will have to give their all in order to keep Pochettino at the club next summer, amidst interests from Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have recently sacked Julen Lopetegui and have put B team Castilla boss Santiago Solari in interim charge. The Madrid club is believed to have kept the full-time managerial role available for the Argentinian and wait until summer arrives.
The 46-year-old has also emerged as the most favourable option to replace Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, in case the Portuguese leaves the club at the end of the season. This is Jose’s third season and things are going well for neither him nor the club. Pochettino has recently signed a long-term contract, keeping him at the club until 2024, and is receiving a hefty wage of more than £100,000-a-week. On the other hand, Mourinho’s contract runs until 2020.
After Tottenham’s defeat to Man City on Monday night, he made a shocking confession of having reached his lowest point at Tottenham. The north London club has failed to recruit a single player during the summer transfer window and the opening of their new stadium has also been halted. All in all, it is a frustrating situation for the manager after club chairman Daniel Levy confirmed last week that the new stadium won’t be available before February and Spurs will be playing at Wembley this year.
“He is a brilliant coach, but at some point, he was always going to want to manage one of the super-clubs in Europe.”
Gary Neville told Sky Sports about his thoughts on Pochettino plotting an exit strategy.
“There are a couple at the moment that you can imagine will be changing manager in the next 12 months and looking at him, and he will know they are looking at him.”