Mauricio Pochettino fuels Tottenham exit talk by refusing to rule out leaving

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino refused to give any assurances when he was quizzed on whether he would still be in the job next season.

Pochettino had been linked with jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Zinedine Zidane were appointed by those clubs this month.

Given his stated desire to lead Spurs into their new stadium, it would therefore seem logical that the Argentine would remain in the Tottenham dugout for the foreseeable future.

But Pochettino is well aware that things change in football at such a speed that it is impossible to take anything for granted.

Pochettino waves to fans


Asked whether he could say he would definitely be at Spurs next season, he replied: “But again it’s the same question as two months ago, three months ago.

“Why has it changed? It does not depend only on me, it’s about Daniel (Levy). Of course I know he is happy with me and that is what he is telling me.

“But I understand Tottenham is bigger than one person. Tottenham is bigger than one player, Tottenham is bigger than everything.


Daniel Levy chats to Pochettino

“Always, you need to feel my position here is I need to fight every day to keep my position. That doesn’t mean I am not comfortable.

“Always I tell Jesus (Perez, assistant manager), we need to think that maybe tomorrow if we don’t care about our position maybe we can go away quick. Football changes the same very quickly.

“It’s difficult to say I am now happy and sure I will be here next season. If I said that and something wrong happened and I’m not here then you say, ‘Oh Pochettino said he will be here and now he’s not here’.

“I don’t say because maybe the rumour can be true or Daniel can say ‘it’s enough, I need another manager’.


Pochettino and assistant Jesus Perez

“In my mind, always I am living today can be the last day, tomorrow can be the last day. That is my philosophy.

“Look at what happened at Real Madrid. Zidane said, ‘I go’, then two managers and not even the end of the season and he’s back. Who believed that?

“That is why in football, you must respect football because everything that today is white, tomorrow is black and then white again. I try to live with this respect and knowing things can turn so quickly.”

Pochettino takes his side to Anfield on Sunday as Spurs attempt to kickstart their season against Premier League leaders Liverpool .

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