Speaking to the press ahead of Tottenham’s clash against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino joked that he would “kill” new boy Serge Aurier if he steps out of line.
The Independent says the right-back’s move from Paris Saint-Germain to Spurs was held up because the player has an assault conviction against him, while he also used homophobic language against former PSG boss Laurent Blanc and some of his teammates during his time at the Parc des Princes.
However, Pochettino says that the Ivory Coast international “starts at zero” following his deadline day transfer to the north London outfit, but warned the full-back what will happen if he does misbehave.
Asked if he had spoken to Aurier about his conduct, Pochettino joked: “I said to him, ‘I’ll kill you,'” mimicking a head-butt.
Tottenham supporters were quick to have their say on their manager’s comments via social media, and they believe they are “lucky to have him”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Just when you thought it was not possible to love Poch more…… #COYS
— Matt Crowley (@mpc1970) September 8, 2017
I hated re-tweeting this only because I was number 421….wanted to keep it at 420..but poch is a legend for this if it's true
— Austin Nardone (@1Ratchet_rabbit) September 8, 2017
poch is 👑 long live the KING
— THFC Team Talk (@SpursTeamTalk) September 8, 2017
We are lucky to have a manager like him. Knows how to deal with different personalities. Serge probably laughed and thought I like this guy
— Mickeyleon (@clayblack75) September 8, 2017
I expected nothing less! Great stuff.
— Sherico Dela Cruz (@Mithfalath_) September 8, 2017
What a boss, the passion pic.twitter.com/pEWUjfOK0H
— Marcus (@mrmarcusroberts) September 7, 2017
I wonder if this is true…Poch is a legend anyway, but if this is true, then he's THE legend #COYS
— Brett ⚽️🏉🥊 (@Proud_spursfan) September 7, 2017