“I am waiting to feel what is the right project for us,” Mauricio Pochettino told Monday Night Football when asked about his future. He also discussed his sacking by Tottenham, criticism of Spurs’ mentality, and his “amazing journey” with the club.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 14:05, UK
Mauricio Pochettino was the special guest on Monday Night Football
Mauricio Pochettino was the special guest on this week’s Monday Night Football and opened up on a range of topics, from highs and lows at Tottenham to what management plans are for the future.
Pochettino spent five-and-a-half years at Spurs, leading them to the Champions League final, League Cup final, and two FA Cup semi-finals, as well as four top-four finishes in the Premier League, before being dismissed in November 2019.
Here are some of the key topics the Argentinean coach discussed on the show…
Next job? ‘I am waiting to feel what is the right project’
Mauricio Pochettino discusses his thoughts regarding where he may end up next when he makes his long-awaited return to football management.
[Will your next job be in the Premier League?] “I don’t know. I’m not going to close any door. I learnt when I was really, really young, [Pochettino’s former coach] Jorge Griffa would say, ‘Mauricio, football is going to dictate your way’. And I am waiting to feel what is the right project for us, which is the right way to take.
“Of course, we are living a very crazy situation, a crazy moment in our life that we never expected. And of course, all is completely different, not only football.
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Poch on: Next job, leaving Spurs, and more
“My energy is full, I’d love to be involved in the game but at the same time I need to understand that at the moment is a good moment that you need to wait. You need to wait for the right project and for sure football is going to bring what football wants and we need to be open and to accept or not.
My energy is full, I'd love to be involved in the game but at the same time I need to understand that at the moment is a good moment that you need to wait.
“Now it’s the same game but different football. Without fans, we enjoy because we love football. We try to enjoy it, we try to lie to ourselves. But for the players it is so tough to play, for the coaching staff it is so difficult to work. I think for the owners, for the presidents, for the CEOs it’s so difficult to keep alive to try to protect all the employees and to try to make the industry keep going, because there’s a lot of people who need football to live.
“It’s a tough, tough moment. I don’t feel it is one year that I’m not working. Maybe because of the last seven, eight months. With no fans in the stadium, it’s like it’s not football. We are watching a similar game but it’s not the passion there, it’s not the emotion there, and that sometimes [consoles] you.
“If you feel the crowd shouting and the emotion, and you go to watch the game in the stadium, maybe you say, ‘ah I want to battle with your team facing an opponent’. But at the moment it’s like you watch from TV, from your home… it’s strange. A difficult time for everyone.”
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Reflections on being sacked by Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino spoke on Monday Night Football about leaving Tottenham and said he holds no ill feeling towards the club over his dismissal.
“After one year, I can say that I was disappointed, a little bit upset and not happy. This was a club that after five-and-a-half years the relationship was massive with the staff, the players and the fans. I am not going to lie.
“But at some point I understand very well this is football. The stadium, in our period, our chapter, the club had to change. But I am not going to complain about the club, about the decision of [Daniel Levy]. All I can do is support because we still have a very good relationship.
“The man who replaced me [Jose Mourinho] is a good friend. A manager who always treated me very well. When he was at Real Madrid, I remember him inviting me to a Champions League game against Ajax and we were talking in his changing room in the Bernabeu. A delegate said, ‘Jose, the game is about to start, we need to go’.
“I feel it is only what I can wish, because I love Tottenham and I know Jose and want the best for him, is to try to win. But this journey missed to win a title. That is what we missed. To put the cherry on the top of the cake.”