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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