Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has warned Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy that he risks losing Mauricio Pochettino if he fails to back him in the summer transfer window.
The manager has delivered Spurs their fourth successive top four finish and has also guided them into the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history despite not signing any new players during the previous two transfer windows.
Keown described Tottenham’s situation as a ‘crossroads’ with Pochettino revealing that talks with chairman Daniel Levy over his and Tottenham Hotspur’s future will be put on hold until after the Champions League final (Telegraph).
Pochettino has also been very vocal about the fact that if Tottenham want to compete for trophies then they need to invest (Guardian).
Should the Argentine decide that he is not getting the backing he wants to progress the club in line with his expectations, he certainly will not be short of interest from European football’s elite.
Speaking to Final Score on BBC One (12/05/2019 5:15 pm), Keown said: “They are going into their biggest ever moment in terms of a Champions League final,”
“But you feel like it’s a crossroads for them because he’s putting it out there that he wants the money to be able to build upon this team and take them on as champions. Can they be champions? Because there is a big gap between the top two and the rest.
“He knows that Pochettino and he can’t keep bridging that gap. You can’t keep reaching Champions League finals on the budget he has had. It’s a real threat, he is saying, ‘I can go here if I win this Champions League because if I stay, will you support me?’
“And that is a big question now for Daniel Levy. Is he going to give him the money that he needs because if he doesn’t then they’ll lose an outstanding manager and they can’t afford to do that.”
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