Mauricio Pochettino has suggested his Tottenham job would be at risk if results and performances carry on the way they are going.
Spurs are without a win in three matches across all competitions having suffered humiliating defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton before Saturday’s draw with Watford. Results before that run were also poor, and Tuesday’s meeting with Red Star in the Champions League is now seen as a must-win game.
There has been talk of Pochettino’s job being under threat, though it appears the Argentinian will be given plenty of time to turn things around. During his Champions League press conference on Monday, Pochettino admitted he knows the end result of poor performances but insisted he does not pay attention to rumours.
“Our performance is not as good as we can deliver. That is all the problems in this football club today,” he said (via Sky Sports).
“Of course we need to improve, but on the other side there all of the rumours that happen at any club when you don’t win but it doesn’t mean they’re true. I understand this business.
“I’m 47 – why don’t you think I have grey hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this.
“I only pay attention that we need to improve our performances and if we don’t improve our performance, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football and you are thinking the same as me.”
Six months ago it would have been crazy to suggest Pochettino would be close to the sack in October, but if Tottenham fail to beat Red Star and lose heavily at Anfield this weekend, the pressure will truly begin to build.
Hopefully he can turn things around and get his detractors back on side with a convincing victory on Tuesday.