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Mauricio Pochettino called on Tottenham Hotspur to change his job title earlier this week.
Fresh from beating Real Madrid 1-0 in a pre-season friendly, the Argentine was asked about transfers.
His answer emphasised his current frustrations.
He claimed he did not know anything about the way the club was conducting its business in the transfer market – so far they have signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and Jack Clarke from Leeds United – and claimed that he feels like simply the club’s coach.
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He said, per the BBC: “I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them.
“Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract – I think it is not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and [chairman] Daniel Levy.
“The club needs to change my title and description. Of course, I am the boss deciding the strategic play, but in another area I don’t know. Today, I feel like I am the coach.”
In 2016, per the previously mentioned BBC report, when he signed a new contract at Spurs, Pochettino’s job title changed.
Initially hired as a head coach, he became the manager and said at the time: “We are agreed that it would be good, for myself, for the club, for all.
“It’s true that ‘manager’ is a word that means different things than head coach. Maybe I was always manager from the first day I arrived here – and maybe it describes my job better.”
Perhaps Pochettino was being forgetful.
But his words point to a wider theme of his own unhappiness.
Sources have confirmed that the interest in the pair is genuine but negotiations appear to be dragging.
The talks for Lo Celso, indeed, have been ongoing for over a month.
Pochettino, perhaps, is growing tired with the way the deals are dragging. His pre-seasons are famous for their intensity and surely he will have wished to have the business sorted by now so that he can bring the new acquisitions up to speed.
Or, perhaps, the quotes are more alarming. Perhaps it is chairman Daniel Levy who is driving the business and Pochettino has no input whatsoever.
But that would be extreme and, really, remarkably unlikely.
The most logical explanation is that the former Southampton boss is simply tired of talking about transfers, particularly given that he is asked about potential deals in pretty much every press conference.
One has to wonder how Pochettino will react if no deals are done prior to next Thursday’s transfer deadline.
One thing is for sure; it will be explosive.