Mauricio Pochettino directly addresses rumours linking him to Man City job

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to the Man City job in the press of late, with some reports suggesting he may soon take over from Pep Guardiola at the reigning champions (Mirror).

This comes a month after the Argentine was sacked by Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board after a poor start to the season across all competitions.

Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester United, they were 14th in the Premier League when Poch was sacked, and they had been embarrassed in the Champions League in a 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

However, Pochettino certainly amassed respects and his own selection of fans in the footballing world for the work he did over five years in North London, including leading Spurs to a Champions League Final in 2019.

The former Spurs manager has now directly addressed the Man City rumours, stating that he does not like to be linked to non-vacant positions, but Jesus Perez fills him in on such rumours.

Poch said (Mirror): “To be honest, I don’t read too much. I didn’t read before and I don’t know, I’m lucky now because I have (assistant) Jesus (Perez) with me and he reads it all for me.

“He sees some news that he translates for me, but I trust him of course 200 per cent and I don’t need to read. I didn’t read before and I don’t now.

“That’s not nice, I was working and when things happen like this and, for any coach, it’s nice to hear your name in some place and we are in a world with your colleagues (in media) we understand the rules but sometimes it’s not nice. I try to stay away from these rumours.

“Of course when people approach us then we are open but we didn’t have time because we’ve been in Argentina, now in Doha and, to be honest, we were not in London to have the time to listen or to talk and that’s why now this is good for us because our priority is to have this motivation and the energy to again be ready to accept a new challenge and always give your best because that’s most important.

“Of course I love the Premier League, the English fans and if not the best, the it’s one of the best leagues in the world and for any manager it’s very exciting to be involved in the Premier League.

“But it’s not just the Premier League, there’s other leagues, different clubs which can be exciting and can give you a challenge that is maybe different.

“Now it is true that we have not had time to think about the future, but now is a time to think about ourselves, to make sure you are ready and that’s the key point to be ready when something happens.

“To be more prepared, prepare yourself to be ready for a club that wants you to make sure you can give them the best of you.

“I said before that I am open about everything.

“You never know when an opportunity will appear, the pressure can motivate you, it’s not always an obvious project or club, it’s not only about the project, it’s about the people, the people who you want to work with or people who want to work with you.

“That’s important and, on both sides, we care a lot about that. I’m open to listen to learn and now with everyone in football we have an unbelievable opportunity to share experiences.

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