Ex-Spurs captain labels Pochettino as ‘two-faced’

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Ex-Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul has labelled Pochettino as ‘two-faced’ after his time under the Argentinian manager in North London.

Kaboul went from a first team regular to starting only 15 games after Pochettino’s arrival, despite having the arm band at that time.

The ex-captain was used heavily during the first part of Poch’s opening season but was then dropped and ultimately sold to Sunderland six months later.

Opening up on his time with the current Spurs boss, Kaboul said: “The one where things didn’t go well was Pochettino. On the field, nothing to say, very good manager, with a philosophy and a style of play that works.

“Personally, it’s the opposite. He’s two-faced. He would say things to you and did the complete opposite behind your back. I didn’t like that, and I told him. That’s all.”

Some Spurs fans may remember that this isn’t the first time that Younes Kaboul has hit out at Mauricio Pochettino, having slated him in an interview back in 2016.

Kaboul told the Daily Mail: “The end was not OK. The manager disrespected me 100 per cent.

“When Mauricio first came we had a very nice, human, man-to-man kind of respect. And then something happened and I don’t know what it was

“I got injured and then he didn’t talk to me anymore. Then he was not putting me in the squad for no reason. One game, two games, three games, and that was strange for me because I am supposed to be his captain.

“I’m not saying because I’m his captain I need to play, no, no, no. If I am not good enough to play I am not playing. But you have to respect players, to talk to them and explain why they’re not playing

“After a few games I went to see him, to ask what was happening. I needed to understand because clearly he wasn’t talking to me. But he said: ‘There’s nothing, I’ve got nothing to say to you’.

“I asked him to put himself in my position. He was a captain at good clubs like Paris Saint-Germain where his manager was Luis Fernandez, a very good manager. I said: ‘How would you feel if he dropped you with no reasons’. And he said: ‘It was different’.

“After that I shook his hand and we stopped talking to each other. That was the end.

“I’m still waiting to find out why. It’s behind me now. I keep some very good memories and I have a lot of respect for Tottenham but I played against them last year with Sunderland and I’m going to play against them with Watford. I play to win. That’s my mentality.”

What do you think, Spurs fans? Do you think that Pochettino’s man-management could use some improving? How has he handled situations with Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld?

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  1. I think Pochs resource management is not so great, in terms of freezing out often valuable players and them losing value before being sold. If we had sold Chadli one season earlier we’d probably have got triple the price for him. People slate AVB but AVBs asset management was generally excellent and we got good prices on some pretty average players.

    That being said, Kaboul was good in Harrys final season and spent a long time out injured (think more than a season) that he never really reached his peak from again. Poch probably thought if he could get a run of games into him he could improve him but once injuries started coming into it he probably just accepted it as a lost cause.

    • That’s not actually true. It’s Levy and his team that deals with player transfers and he usually holds out for a price that he feels the player is worth. A lot of players who have left us in recent times have done so because Poch forced Levy’s hand; if he hadn’t done so a lot of them would have stayed longer.

    • Well I’m so glad you appreciate AVB’s asset management because the football under his tenure was pretty atrocious and some of the most boring I have witnessed Tottenham ever playing! Clearly Kaboul has his beef about the way things went, but ultimately his own inconsistancy cost him in the end. Pochettino has taken Spurs further than any of his premiership predecessors in the last four years, and closer to the title than any Spurs manager in the last 50 odd which in all honesty devalues any latent critisism from ex-players or fickle nit-picking fans seeking to undermine the great work the Argentinian has done since taking control as Tottenham manager. No manager is going to please every player under him that just isn’t realistic, but overall I would say he is well liked and respected by his players and in believe that perception is strongly mirrored by most Tottenham fans in general. In any case Kaboul as a Spurs player is old news now, the real question for me is when is Dan Levy going to give Pochettino the quality of backing that both he and Tottenham deserve to take Spurs on to the next level of bringing home genuine trophies and titles? That’s all that really matters!

  2. Resource management, what the fuck are you on about David? Perhaps you’d like to share with us all who Pochettino froze out and sold off for less than we bought for. Also, how do you know that we would have gotten triple the price for Nacer Chadlie, do you work in a fairground as a fortune teller or perhaps in possession of a crystal ball?
    As for AVB, the less said.

  3. It’s clear that Pochettino has favourites, and that he freezes-out anyone who veers from the party line, regardless of any detrimental effect on the club. It happened with Walker, Rose and Alderweireld, and Kaboul certainly didn’t deserve to be cold-shouldered after giving some memorably buccaneering performances for Spurs – I reckon Pochettino’s cuddly public image is very far from the egotistical and dogmatic reality.


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