Former Premier League stopper on what Dean might have said to anger Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after he was adjudged to have used improper language or behaved improperly with referee Mike Dean after Tottenham’s game against Burnley on Friday.

After Spurs fell to a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor, Pochettino and his coaching staff walked up to the officials to complain about something and as they were walking away Mike Dean seemed to utter something that riled both Pochettino and Jesus Perez.

The pair squared up to Mike Dean and were involved in a hot verbal exchange. Since the incident, the FA have also withdrawn Mike Dean from his fourth official duties when Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Chirs Kirkland has suggested what might have angered the Tottenham manager. The former stopper who is now a goalkeeping coach at League One club Port Vale, said that the Argentine didn’t like the fact that Dean asked him to go away.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Kirkland said, “What has angered [Pochettino] is when [Dean] was saying, ‘go away, go away’ as if he can’t talk to him. If Mike had said, ‘listen, I’ll talk to you but let’s do it inside in the changing room’ then he [Pochettino] would walked away.

“He [Dean] is just saying, ‘go away, go away’, which it could be seen as saying, ‘well, I don’t have to speak to you’. So, I think he [Dean] could have handled it a lot better and defused that situation a lot quicker.”

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