Manager retains full support
Mauricio Pochettino’s job is not under threat as he plots how to revive his humiliated Tottenham Hotspur players after their Champions League thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Pochettino met with his squad yesterday to pick through the wreckage of the club’s worst-ever home defeat. Bookmakers responded to the result by slashing the odds on Pochettino being sacked, while speculation raged among fans and pundits over whether he will leave Spurs.
But The Daily Telegraph has been told it is business as usual at Tottenham and that the result has not changed opinions regarding Pochettino within the club and he will continue to receive the support and backing of chairman Daniel Levy.
Pochettino signed a five-year contract worth £8.5million a year last May and Spurs do not feel the need to give him a vote of confidence or public backing.
Levy is confident Tottenham can still qualify from their Champions League group and that Pochettino’s side will again finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Pochettino is determined to get the season back on track as quickly as possible, following the Bayern embarrassment and the Carabao Cup defeat by Colchester United.
Fingers have been pointed at Tottenham players whose contracts are running down or wanted to leave last summer, but Toby Alderweireld, who is in the final 12 months of his deal, dismissed questions over the squad’s commitment.
“It is nothing to do with this,” Alderweireld said. “It’s a shame that nobody can see the work ethic everybody brings to this club. Sometimes you’re in the corner, where you get slapped. But you have to fight a way out of the corner.”