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Sir Alex Ferguson caught on lunch date with Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have the pleasure of knowing the exact first question he will face when he meets journalists ahead of the Premier League's season finale.

The Argentine will be hoping to fend off Arsenal by getting at least a point from relegation candidates Newcastle United, who themselves may need a win to stand any chance of surviving.

But the topic of conversation in the pre-match conference is unlikely to be about the match, rather a little lunch date he held in a swanky Mayfair restaurant with none other than Sir Alex Ferguson.


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That's right. The Spurs manager, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, meeting with a Manchester United director on the eve of the Premier League off-season. What could they have possibly been talking about?

It is fair to say the Internet is already getting itself into a mess over possible conspiracy theories and we are sure that when Tottenham fans arise from their beds, they will be horrified to see these photos.

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But never fear! Both Tottenham and Manchester United have, at least via trusted journalists, explained why Ferguson and Pochettino were meeting. And, low and behold, it is nothing to do with the South American coach taking over from Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United's response

According to Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson, who has an enviable relationship with Manchester United, it was Pochettino who invited Ferguson for lunch as he is head of UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum.

Tottenham's response

And Dan Kilpatrick, who has a similar, yet less enviable, relationship with Spurs officials, say that they knew all about the meeting before it took place and claimed there was simply a mutual respect, possibly even a friendship, between the pair. 

Nothing to worry about?

Pochettino recently announced that he had agreed a long-term contract with Tottenham and committed to leading the team into their new stadium when it opens for the 2018/19 season.

He told reporters: "I did not need assurances [in contract discussions]. I didn't ask for anything. In the moment that the chairman wanted to extend my contract, he showed his ambition. The players are very happy here. I want to be involved in the future of the club."

However, the agreement is only verbal at this moment and, as Jose Mourinho will tell you, verbal agreements count for very little in football these days.

It is safe to say that until the ink is dry on such a contract, Tottenham fans will feel free to panic at the sight of Ferguson talking with their beloved manager.


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