English Premiership

Pochettino job not under threat at misfiring Spurs

2019-10-03 14:28
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham have dismissed suggestions Mauricio Pochettino's job is under threat and have insisted it is business as usual in north London.

Spurs have made a below-par start to the campaign, finding themselves already 10 points adrift in the Premier League standings, while they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the third round by League 2 Colchester.

However, the low water mark came on Tuesday night when Bayern Munich ran riot at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Champions League, with ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry scoring four in a 7-2 win for the German champions.

The mauling was the biggest ever margin of defeat by an English side at home in any European competition, while it was the first time in the club’s history that they had conceded seven goals at home.

Pochettino and the Spurs squad have spoken of feeling ashamed and embarrassed by the record loss, and the result will only likely increase the intensity of the calls from a section of supporters for the Argentine tactician to get the sack.

However, the Telegraph are reporting that Tottenham have no plans to part ways with Pochettino, who is a little over one year into a five-year contract worth £8.5million-a-season.

They claim that it is ‘business as usual’ for Spurs and that their start to the season hasn’t changed the opinion of chairman Daniel Levy.

Levy doesn’t feel the need to give Pochettino any kind of public backing and remains convinced he is the man to take the team to the next level.

Having reached the Champions League final and secured a fourth successive top-four finish, Pochettino saw the club invest in his squad for the first time in over a year, bringing in the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.

However, the new additions are taking time to settle in, while there are reports of division in the Spurs camp involving those players who are set to fall out of contract at the end of the season.

In the aftermath of the loss to Bayern, Toby Alderweireld, one of those who is set to see his deal expire in June, has called for unity in the squad, echoing the sentiments of his manager.

“Of course it wasn’t our best performance,” said Alderwerield. “Don’t get me wrong. But we have to stick together now in this, it’s not someone to blame.”

- TeamTalk Media


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