Former Premier League defender Danny Mills has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino may have been trying to cover his back with his recent outburst.
Pochettino suggested that Tottenham should look to change his job title from manager to coach after repeating his claim that he has no influence on the club’s transfer activity (Eurosport).
Mills, who now works as a football pundit believes that there could have been an underlying motive for why Pochettino decided to turn the focus away from himself and suggested that the Argentine did so to shield himself from any criticism should Spurs fail to live up to expectations this season.
Tottenham have so far recruited Jack Clarke from Leeds United, with the youngster returning to Elland Road on loan for the season and also broke the club’s transfer record with the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele. However, there have been no other arrivals to the North London club.
Mills told Football Insider: “It just seems very odd that it’s come out now when we’ve got a week to go in the transfer window. He’s known this for quite some time. Why make a big, bold statement which effectively rocks the boat now?
“Is this to push a couple of deals over the line or is this a sort of excuse to say: ‘I wanted these players. You don’t give me what I want when I do everything possible.’ He’s come out with a very strong statement which, let’s be honest, only confirms what we all believed.
“To come out and say that against your club, your employer, is that a little bit to pave the way if things don’t go to plan – these were not my targets, this is not where I wanted to be? Is it part of a get-out clause in case things don’t go well and he needs to get away?”
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