Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham Hotspur “need to be ready for a new project” after moving into their new stadium.
Spurs play the first game at their £1bn White Hart Lane-based arena on Wednesday night against Crystal Palace after months of delays.
The Londoners suddenly find themselves embroiled in a battle for Champions League qualification despite sitting third in the Premier League for most of the campaign.
Regardless of whether Tottenham finish in the top four or not, Pochettino believes the club must change how it operates following their big move.
“Next season we need to build or be ready for a new project, a new chapter – two years, three years, four years – it depends on Daniel [Levy], who is going to decide,” the Spurs boss said in his press conference on Tuesday (via the London Evening Standard).
“I am happy and proud to finish a chapter this season, competing the way we compete, helping the club, the fans, the players to be better. It is another thing to talk and sit here again talking about where the club needs to be in the next level, in the future. We need to close the chapter – it’s been fantastic – and think in the long-term to put Tottenham where they deserve to be.”
Pochettino delivered a similar message at the end of last season when Tottenham sealed third place with a 4-3 victory over Leicester City on the final day.
The Argentinian was expected to be given increased transfer funds last summer but ended up with no signings at all.
It’s clear Pochettino feels he needs new arrivals in order to challenge for silverware, and his comments put added pressure on Levy to provide funds in the comings months.