Between the Lines: Pochettino leaves door open for Spurs exit

Mauricio Pochettino was asked about his future prior to Tottenham’s trip to Anfield, and his comments will surely set alarm bells ringing in north London.

With the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford and the return of Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, perhaps Spurs fans thought they would be spared yet another summer of speculation surrounding their manager.

Unfortunately for those fans’ blood pressure levels though, that doesn’t appear to be the case, as the boss was surprisingly coy when asked about his future in the build-up to the trip to Liverpool.

What did he say?

“It’s the same question as two months ago, three months ago. It does not depend only on me, it’s about Daniel (Levy) too,” he said, as reported by The Telegraph.

“Of course, I know he is happy with me and that is what he is telling me. But Tottenham is bigger than one person. Tottenham is bigger than one player, Tottenham is bigger than everything.

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“Always, I need to fight every day to keep my position. That doesn’t mean I am not comfortable. Always I tell Jesus Perez ‘we need to think that maybe tomorrow, if we don’t care about our position, we can go away quick’.

“Football changes very quick. It’s difficult to say ‘I am now happy and sure I will be here next season’. If I said that and something wrong happened and I’m not here, then you say ‘oh Pochettino said he will be here and now he’s not here’.

“In my mind, always I am living like today can be the last day, tomorrow can be the last day. That is my philosophy. A player can say ‘ok I will be here for five years’ but a manager no, because he can be sacked tomorrow.

“Look at what happened at Real Madrid. Zidane said ‘I go’, then two managers and not even the end of the season, and he’s back. Who believed that? That is why, in football, everything that today is white, tomorrow is black and then white again. Things can turn so quick.”

Time to panic?

To be brutally honest, it’s pretty bizarre that the gaffer went off on some long tangent about what can or can’t happen in football instead of just saying “I am happy here, next question”, which would have been music to the ears of fans in north London.

What he has done instead, is leave the door cracked open just enough that he has an escape route if things go massively wrong at Tottenham.

To mention Real Madrid specifically and of his own accord is even more worrying, particularly as there is no way of telling how long Zidane intends to stay at the Bernabeu this time.

Levy is often criticised by fans for being reactive instead of proactive, and Pochettino’s comments will surely set alarm bells ringing for the chairman.