Mauricio Pochettino seems to have transcended heroic status at Tottenham Hotspur. In the modern game it is rare to find a manager who commands such unanimous respect throughout the club, re-enforcing a dwindling concept that no player is above the manager.
He is the star of the show, the beating heart and the the genius behind an incredible few years in north London, but is he in it for the long haul?
Discussion over his future has been prevalent throughout the season, particularly in light of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal at Manchester United and, with the season edging towards a potentially historic conclusion for Spurs, that discussion is coming to the fore once again.
The Argentine has publicly addressed the topic this week, with his comments hinting that Daniel Levy’s long-term strategy will dictate his future, per football.london.
“I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan, no clear idea and not being transparent, telling you and telling our fans what next, what is our objective, to stop talking about perception, about reality.”
If we’re reading between the lines it’s fair to conclude that Pochettino is subtly alluding to the stadium fiasco which clouded much of the season so far.
But looking beyond that there is certainly a feeling that he has taken the club as far as it can go within the remits of his current transfer budget, so he will be hoping Levy can propose a coherent long-term plan to ensure Spurs continue their exponential rise.
In response to the report, Spurs fans turned out in serious numbers on Twitter to offer their views on his cryptic comments.
Plenty of fans were in agreement that the ball is now in Levy’s court and he simply must break tradition by splashing the cash in the transfer market to keep the 47-year-old at the helm.
And one fan even suggested that Pochettino will walk away from the job if Levy expects him to instantly lead the club to Premier League glory after handing him a massive transfer budget.
Clearly, this is an emotionally-charged subject and the upcoming summer window is going to be incredibly intriguing for the Champions League finalists.
Here’s what the Spurs fans had to say about their magic manager’s comments…
Think his saying even if you give me money, don't expect too much too soon. So if levy says right you can have 200million but for that I want premiership, poch will walk.
— Daniel-son (@DannyMcgivern) May 10, 2019
He’s a genius but they will never hand him £150m
— John Barr (@CrossBarr) May 10, 2019
He can’t be stupid enough to not back him. I genuinely believe there would be a riot
— SB (@browniespurs) May 10, 2019
Could be great for us, could be horrible. If Levy gives him what he wants, great. If not….
It’s been a while since we’ve had a manager become “too good” for us. Players yes, not a manager that I can remember?
— Jon ?? (@jonhotspur88) May 10, 2019
With no expenditure. And revelled in it. Not a single whine, just total belief in his players.
— Zac (@ZHDar) May 10, 2019
Absolutely. Cards are in his hand. He’s a shrewd guy, negotiates his own and staff contracts. He knows what he’s doing
— Danarne Reesa (@yodanrees) May 10, 2019
If Levy doesn’t match the ambitions of his manager, he would lose his golden ticket. This CL final appearance alone is so timely for Levy given naming rights deal still to be done…I hope Levy sees sense & be ready for another 5 year project where he puts his money on table
— arunSpurs (@arunspurs) May 10, 2019
His 5 year plan was to restore pride. Now for a new project. Levy deserves his share of praise for the journey so far though.
— BAHAB (@TEAM_BAHAB) May 10, 2019
Has a huge reputation now. Could name his price anywhere and levy knows it
— Jonny Reid (@Jonny_2607) May 10, 2019
It’s gonna break Levy’s heart to change his ways, but he must, both in terms of the quality and cost, but also in getting the players in early
— Stuart (@arturstrom) May 10, 2019
So another cryptic message from Poch’ yesterday ?. Will he won’t he……. Well if you’ve read Guillem Balague’s book Brave New World u know he loves Spain & Barcelona. Still has a home there, returns often to chill. Expect him to return to work sooner rather than later. #COYS
— An Engineer (@paulgrain99) May 11, 2019