Poch was subject of Spurs dressing room banter

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Mauricio Pochettino

After having dinner recently with Sir Alex Ferguson, Mauricio Pochettino became the butt of the Tottenham Hotspur player’s jokes when they bantered that he was going to join Manchester United.

The Spurs boss was photographed coming out of a London restaurant with Ferguson while Louis van Gaal was still in charge at Old Trafford which led to some members of the press speculating that the Argentine could be set to switch jobs.

Pochettino signed a new contract the next day committing himself to Spurs until 2021 and the club said at the time they were aware of the meeting and had no issues with it taking place. 

Ben Davies who has battled with Danny Rose for the left-back berth all season revealed that there was some banter taking place in the Spurs dressing room surrounding the meeting:

“A few boys cracked jokes that he was going, but he signed a new contract the next day so all fears were out of the way,” Davies said about Pochettino and Ferguson, now a United director, being pictured leaving a Mayfair restaurant.

“I like to think he (Pochettino) was tapping up his (Ferguson’s) experience and there was no ulterior motive.

“We have a club where everyone, players and staff, is trying to learn all the time.

“I think he spoke to someone like Sir Alex Ferguson to pick his brain as part of his learning and where he can improve.”

Davies is hoping that Spurs can learn from this season and is looking forward to Champions League football next term:  “We earned the right to be there and it’s exciting times,”

“It’s where every club wants to be playing.

“It’s everyone’s ambition to be there and we don’t have to go through the qualifying stage.

“I like to think we will be stronger for the experience last season.

“People experience highs and lows in football.

“Sometimes the lows teach you valuable lessons that hopefully we can learn from and kick on from.”

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