Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has moved to warn off suiters of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
It is little surprise that the Argentine sensation is being linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, both of whom are likely to be looking for a new manager come the end of the season.
Spurs are used to spending their summers battling the big clubs to keep hold of players, but now they are looking to block potential interest in their manager too.
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Faith in Pochettino
Levy’s faith in Pochettino is clear, not least because he has given him more freedom than many Tottenham managers have enjoyed in the past.
Although Levy is usually keen to take an active role in player recruitment, he has allowed Pochettino to have the final say in who comes and goes at the club.
Pochettino, who is known to have his own way of doing things, may well repay that faith by staying at Tottenham, as he may not be given such initiative if he were to move. The structure of United’s board means that it is difficult for the manager to be given sole control of transfers, while at Chelsea, billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has a heavy influence.
It is also likely that he will be keen to finish what he has started at Tottenham; taking on Chelsea would involve reinventing the team, something he has already done at White Hart Lane. Rather than having to buy big, if he stays in north London, he will be able to further nurture the talents of the youngsters he has done so much to bring on.
All this is well and good in theory, but given Pochettino’s budding reputation, if Tottenham are to keep hold of him in the long term, it is down to their success on the pitch.
Flattered though he may be by the interest of top clubs, Pochettino is likely to rebuff it if he can earn Champions League football – and even a possible title – at the Lane.
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