Pochettino claims he could be axed by Tottenham

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Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he could be sacked by Tottenham following a poor run of form, as quoted by The Daily Mirror.

What’s the word?

Losing back-to-back Premier League matches against Watford and Liverpool either side of the international break raised the pressure on Tottenham, who then threw away a lead at the San Siro to lose 2-1 to Inter Milan in their first Champions League match.

That poor run of form has seen Spurs lose three consecutive matches under Mauricio Pochettino for the first time and has significantly raised the pressure on the North London side, who could face a mountain to climb in Europe as their next game is against Barcelona.

Spurs have three domestic games before their hosting of the La Liga champions to rekindle form, facing Brighton and Huddersfield in the Premier League either side of a Carabao Cup clash with Watford – all of which seem winnable on paper.

However, Pochettino is quoted by The Daily Mirror as stating he could be sacked if things do not start to improve.

What was said?

“I am going to stick with the club, I am not going to criticise the club. All the decisions are our decisions and of course always with the club until the end. Maybe we are still here in five years or maybe in one week we are not here, but we will always be talking well about the club and helping them to achieve all they want.

“The only way we can stop that [criticism] is winning games and if we don’t win, everyone is going to criticise more than now. And you know what is going to happen when we don’t win games — the first responsible is me.

“I am so relaxed. In football, something can happen with the situation but I am going to give my best until the end.”

Could it happen?

Three defeats on the spin for a side like Tottenham is always going to raise concern but the alarm bells in North London should remain silent for the time being, as it can only take a couple of weeks for the picture to become bright again.

The upcoming games prior to the huge Champions League clash with Barcelona give Spurs a huge chance to rekindle their form and it is crucial they take that opportunity, as a continued poor sequence of results could leave Pochettino sat by the trapdoor.

Given Spurs’ tremendous rise under Pochettino, it seems scandalous to suggest that his position could be under threat but that is the reality of football. However, it seems unlikely that Daniel Levy would sack and pay off a manager he knows he could get a huge compensation fee for from another club in the future.