Mauricio Pochettino has said he is “not open” to staying with Tottenham Hotspur unless a clear plan is put at place for the club’s next chapter.

Spurs booked their place in the Champions League final with a remarkable comeback against Ajax on Wednesday night in Amsterdam.

The team’s achievement is made even more impressive by the fact Tottenham haven’t made a signing since January 2018 – fittingly, Wednesday’s hero Lucas Moura was the last arrival.

However, Pochettino claims spending money on transfers has little to do with what he means by starting a new project at Tottenham.

The Argentinian has suggested finances aren’t as important as communicating the club’s plan to the supporters going forward.

“I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent,” Pochettino said on Friday (via BBC Sport).

“I know very well how this business works. And we know we need to operate in a different way – that doesn’t mean to spend more or less money.

“But if we expect every season to be in the final of the Champions League, we need to create a plan. And the plan maybe is different to what has happened in the last five years.

“If we believe that if we operate in the same way that we have operated in the last five years we are going to be every season in the final of the Champions League, and in the top four and competing against projects like Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United, I think we are very naive

“If you want to expect the same from Liverpool, from Manchester City or Manchester United and Chelsea, and you put the same expectation on Tottenham, give me different tools to work.

“If not, I see the people working in the same way, in the future I’m going to be this guy. I am the most stupid person to work.”

Pochettino’s comments will spark fears among Spurs fans about his future, but after the miraculous progression to the Champions League final, the club will surely do everything possible to keep hold of him.

Regardless of his playing down of spending, it’s likely chairman Daniel Levy will have to increase the transfer budget this summer to keep Pochettino happy.



  1. It doesn’t spark fear into me, why should it? Managers like players, come and go. We all agree that Pochettino has done remarkably well considering we haven’t bought any new players during the past two transfer windows but there has been reports stating that he didn’t want to buy any players who weren’t better that the ones he currently has. Anyone who thinks that Levy and the board wont give Pochettino the funds necessary to improve the squad this closed season is a wimp living in cloud cuckoo land or non Spurs fans consumed by wishful thinking that Pochettino will simply walk away from THFC. Stop believing all the hype and bullshit.

  2. He’s a good man manager good with young talent but I truly believe he likes to make a player rather than having a big name signings is he the top notch manager a level elite? In my opinion he isn’t he not a mourino or anchelotti that’s the cream so I believe if he wants to go let him he isn’t bigger than spurs actually his comments are wrong he’s holding the club to random when we spent millions on a stadium and training ground we just don’t have the financing and he should take that into hand go now if this is your way u not bigger than the club

  3. All he is saying that the club should manage the expectations of the fans and that with the given budget and players this feat is something that is rare and can’t be expected to be surpassed every year for that you need a long term plan and even buying players will not help to get there as many clubs are already doing it. Juventus bought Ronaldo specifically for that. Coming into the champions league final is no simple feat but to reach it every time will require those kind of tools to ensure that it happens which can happen only if a strategy is in place.

  4. I good craftsman cannot create excellence without the finest tools in his tool box. He then has to keep them sharp to perform at their optimum level. Pochettino has a shopping list in mind to create something special.


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