Mauricio Pochettino opens up on managerial future 10 months after Spurs sacking

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Dom Le Roy

We are now only a few months away from the one-year anniversary of when Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine leaving back in November 2019.

Jose Mourinho was named as Pochettino’s successor within hours and the Special One has been rebuilding the team in North London ever since.

During his time in charge of Spurs, Pochettino made a name for himself on the global stage as one of the very best young managers in the game.

The former Southampton manager led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League Final in 2019, eventually losing out to Liverpool.

Despite taking Spurs from Europa League qualifiers to Champions League big-hitters in just five years, one thing that always eluded Pochettino was silverware.

After having taken months out from competitive football, Pochettino reflected on his life away from the game and his future in it during an interview with Melissa Reddy on her Between the Lines podcast.

Pochettino said: “Personally, I am enjoying this break a lot. I am not a person who is going to cry if I’m not going back (to football) in one or two months.

“The thing is, I have a life, like Jesus, that we can survive outside of football for a while. Maybe in one month or in two months or in six months, I will be desperate to be back to football, but today I think we have plenty of things to do.

“We are enjoying the break with the family. We know that football is so important for us, and it’s more than our passion, but never more important than your family, your friends.

“Of course, we love football, we love the game, we miss football and to be involved, but life has lots of things to do, and I don’t believe that it’s only football, or nothing.

“We are now in a new world, not only in life but in modern football, and now is a moment to wait, to be relaxed, to be calm, but at the same time, to be ready.

“We are still working and trying to be better and to be ready for the next step for us. I cannot say what we need, it’s all about who is going to call us and it’s not going to depend on whether it’s a club at the top, or in the middle, or down (at the bottom).

“I think it’s going to be that we find some challenge and some connection, of course, with the pressure, but with the people who are going to call.

“For us it has become unbelievably important to win, because we are in football to try to win, but at the same time to create some connection and to try to enjoy our job.”

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