Many jumped to early assumptions when Mauricio Pochettino was snapped on a lunch date with Sir Alex Ferguson on Tuesday.
Manchester United (probably) need a new manager. Pochettino has proven himself to be one of the best in Europe. Ferguson spent 27 years at Old Trafford.
So, naturally, fans put two and two together and decided that Ferguson was definitely persuading the Tottenham boss to join the Red Devils.
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Except that wasn’t the case. Tottenham claimed it was simply two friends enjoying lunch together. Nothing more than that.
And Pochettino, who signed a five-year contract extension on Thursday, has opened up about the two-hour lunch date.
Pochettino opens up about Ferguson meeting
The Argentine, 44, is still in the early stages of his managerial career. His first job was at Espanyol in 2009 and he’s been on a remarkable rise ever since.
And he showed just how astute he is by arranging a meeting with Ferguson, who won it all during his time at Manchester United.
"Dream come true"
“It was fantastic,” reflected the Argentine, per the Mirror. “It was a dream come true because when I was younger and at the start of my career, he was my inspiration, my reference. And when you can share two hours with the person who is one of the greatest managers in the world of all time you must enjoy it.
“I wanted time to stop, but of course that is impossible. It was fantastic.”
“Did he say ‘Come to Manchester?’ No he didn’t.
“If you know Sir Alex Ferguson, he is a person that we can all learn from because he has a fantastic history about football, and about life."
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender has earned rave reviews for his intense, swarming system.
In just his second season at White Hart Lane, he’s on the verge of achieving something that Tottenham haven’t done since 1995: finish above north London rivals Arsenal.
That will appease fans just as much as qualifying for next season’s Champions League, but Pochettino insists that he doesn’t care too much for where Arsenal finish.
“Our aims, our challenge is to stay as high as possible in the table. I don't care what happened with different teams," he continued.
"It's impossible to be first: we need to try to be second. I don't care which is the club that fights with us.
“In football, the supporters and their feelings are very important but we are professional. To move on, we need to sometimes put the emotions out, to be clever, we need to fight first to improve ourselves and be strong in our ideas.
“I can understand it – for our supporters it's special to be above Arsenal but I want to be second not because we'll be above our enemy, our opponent, but because we are ambitious.
“Maybe one day Arsenal finish eighth, we finish seventh – yes we're above but it's not a success for us.
“It's very important to look at ourselves and enjoy the position that we are we are in but we don't care about our opponents.”
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