With the media circus persistent suggestions that Spurs’ high flying manager could be set for an exit in favour of prowling the touch line of Old Trafford, his star striker Harry Kane has gone on record to implore his manager to remain in North London and fulfil his managerial ambitions at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has been a revelation since his arrival at Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2014, with the manager not only stabilising the club but driving them forward towards an impressive title challenge.
Amongst the Argentine’s major successes has been the unearthing of the diamond that is Harry Kane, who believes that great opportunities lie in place, should the former Espanyol and Southampton manager choose to stay.
The England international expressed his belief that the manager should ignore the overtures from other clubs, stating: “when you have top managers you want them to stay around for a long time. You can see how the rest of the team have improved under him.”
Pochettino has an impressive 50% win ratio with Spurs
The speculation linking Pochettino with an exit appears nothing more than tabloid media drivel. With the man himself stating: “I think Tottenham today is in a very good place. We have great facilities, our supporters are fantastic – why find another place? For the players, they feel at home here. I think me too.”
When questioned on the likelihood of a new deal being signed he commented: “Yes, why not? But in the end you can see that nearly two years ago I signed a five-year contract. There are still three years and three months.”
The Argentine also embellished on his belief that it would be difficult to leave Tottenham, saying: “I think you build a new stadium, you start to build the relationship – emotional relationships.
“We are a team of people, the money is not the only important thing. The emotional link you create with the people here is important, and sometimes it is difficult to take some decisions. It happened with me at Southampton too – it was difficult to take the decision to come here.”
Pochettino looks to be a man with his heart set on an extended stay in the capital. With a solid foundation for future success, based on a bedrock of young English players, it’s now the board’s prerogative to support a manager that has the potential to go a long way in the game.
Written by Joe Thomas