Stephen Kelly has told former club Tottenham Hotspur to back Mauricio Pochettino in the transfer market or risk losing him.
The ex-Republic of Ireland defender also stressed the importance of winning trophies in order to increase their chances of keeping the Argentine.
While Real Madrid and Manchester United endured seasons of upheaval, speculation from Madrid and Manchester seemed to revolve around Pochettino leaving Spurs to join a European heavyweight.
But the 47-year-old stayed in north London and led the club to their first ever Champions League final.
But, in order to match his ambition, Kelly stressed the need to back their boss – who has not signed a player since January 2018.
“From a Tottenham point of view, his longevity at the club will mean him needing to win something at the club to stay there,” Kelly told Jim White on talkSPORT.
“Because his stock is getting higher and higher and it’s going to be harder and harder for them to keep hold of him because people will come knocking on his door.
“The opportunities are gone now for like Real Madrid and Manchester United, but they will come back around and if he is still rising up that ladder, there will be teams interested.
“So he has been extremely loyal and Tottenham have been loyal to him, but now they need to try and give him funding, allow him to improve the squad and create competition.
“Because they have a great squad, but it is creating the competition to get players to raise their game more which I think is important.
“But for him, they need a trophy, they want a trophy. They came so close last season and to get to the Champions League final was a huge step for them, because they had always been nearly there.”