Man­ager re­tains full sup­port

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Football - By Matt Law

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.”

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