Mauricio Pochettino has stunned Tottenham supporters by again hinting at his unhappiness with the club’s transfer business.
In the wake of Spurs’ Audi Cup win over Real Madrid in Munich, Pochettino said the club should change his job title as he ‘knows nothing’ about any transfer activity and feels he is just a coach.
Tottenham broke their transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon earlier this month but no further signings have followed, despite chairman Daniel Levy vowing to strengthen the squad after signing a new £320m sponsorship deal.
Spurs fans made their voice heard on social media on Tuesday night as they got #BackPoch trending on Twitter, as they pleaded for Levy and club owners ENIC to make signings happen with just eight days of the transfer window remaining.
And after watching his team beat Real Madrid in Germany, thanks to Harry Kane’s only goal of the game, Pochettino admitted he has no idea about the club’s transfer plans.
“I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players,” said the Argentine. “I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them.
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“Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract – I think it is not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and Daniel Levy.
“The club need to change my title and description. Of course I am the boss deciding the strategic play, but in another area I don’t know.
“Today, I feel like I am the coach.”
His frustration is understandable – despite there being only a week left of the window, there is still uncertainty over a number of his squad members and whether they will be replaced if they are sold.
Pochettino swerved questions regarding the future of Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen, who both started against Real despite links with moves away from north London.
Meanwhile, the club have been linked with a stunning move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala but now it is claimed Manchester United have entered talks to land the Argentine forward.
Pochettino has not been shy of about his frustration with his club’s transfer policy in the past, having said ahead of the Champions League final in May that he cannot be expected to keep making big finals with their current mindset.