As of this week, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has completed six years in English football after taking over as the manager of Southampton back in 2013. A lot has changed since then for the Argentine both in terms of his personal and professional life.
The 46-year-old is now one of the most highly rated managers in the world after having managed to transform Tottenham from top four contenders to title challengers and Champions League regulars.
Pochettino gave an interview to Sam Dean of the Telegraph where he looked back on his time in England and noted how much his English has improved.
While the Spurs boss confessed to finding the language difficult at first, he said he was able to communicate well with his players pretty quickly.
When talking about his missteps while attempting to master the language, the Tottenham manager also narrated a funny incident where he swore at Burnley Manager Sean Dyche on the touchline.
Pochettino said, “It was very funny, a few years ago I was with Sean Dyche [the Burnley manager] on the touchline. Sean was on the touchline, [shouting] ‘f***ing this, f****ing that.’ In one moment I turned to him and I said: ‘F*** off, Sean. Hey, Sean, f*** off.”
He confessed that he thought this was an appropriate way of asking Sean to ask Dyche to keep it down and when his assistant Jesus Perez told him that his intention wasn’t communicated clearly, he had to apologise to Dyche.
He added, “I said ‘sorry Sean, I apologise’. I did not want to disrespect him — I thought I was saying ‘shut up’. If we say it, it does not have the same impact as an English person saying it, the same context.”
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