Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy has criticised Mauricio Pochettino’s comments about the state of the League One club’s pitch.
Tottenham will travel to Spotland in the next round of the FA Cup, and Pochettino believes the FA should take action regarding the playing surface.
But Dunphy said Pochettino’s comments were unhelpful and insisted the game will go ahead.
“If a manager wants to speak to his chairman, great. He can speak to Daniel Levy but the FA run the FA Cup and not Tottenham Hotspur,” said Dunphy. (Quotes via ESPN.)
“His comments are ill-advised and unhelpful. It’s not his decision. We’ve been in touch with the FA throughout. For the [fourth-round replay] win against Millwall, the referee was there from 9 o’clock in the morning and it’s the referee who decides whether to play, not a manager.
“The pitch against Millwall was considered safe and it played rather well. How he can make comments like that when he’s just looked at a picture, I just don’t know.”
“I’m absolutely and totally concerned with player safety and the safety of our players on the pitch. But nobody at the [Millwall] game had any concerns about the safety of the players. [Pochettino] is talking from complete ignorance.”