‘I am always ready to go again’: Mauricio Pochettino admits he is eyeing a return to management as ex-Tottenham boss reveals he and his backroom team are ‘working on doing things’ after ‘really painful’ Spurs exit
- Mauricio Pochettino insists he is ready to take on his next job as a manager
- The Argentine boss was sacked by Tottenham last year after five years in charge
- He has been linked with the Real Madrid job since his departure from Spurs
- Pochettino has also opened up on his ‘painful’ exit from Spurs last November
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is ready to make his long-awaited return to management following his sacking by Tottenham a year ago.
Following his departure from Spurs, Pochettino has been linked with a number of European giants, with Real Madrid among those clubs reportedly eyeing up the Argentine boss.
And now the 48-year-old is raring to go after taking a year out from the game, while he hopes he can return to the touchline very soon.
Mauricio Pochettino insists he is ready to make a return to management after a year out
‘I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game,’ Pochettino said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. ‘It’s not stress when you are working, it’s not stress going into the training round to prepare the match and to compete.
‘I hope to go back soon so we can start again to work. I am looking forward to being back in the game. I love this game but it’s difficult. We are inside and working on doing things. That’s the reality.’
Pochettino and his backroom staff were relieved of their duties by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy last November following a poor run of results that left the club in a slump.
Pochettino took Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019 following an unforgettable run throughout the knockout stages, where they beat Ajax dramatically in the dying moments
However it was Champions League heartache for Poch after Spurs lost to Liverpool in the final
Pochettino and his team were suffering a hangover from their Champions League final defeat by Liverpool, leaving the north London club to appoint Jose Mourinho in a much-needed shake-up.
However, while the writing was on the wall for Pochettino and his coaching staff, the departure after five years was still a painful one.
‘I needed more time at Tottenham than at Southampton,’ he added. ‘It was different. When we arrived at Spurs the circumstances were completely different from what you can find at Spurs at the moment.
‘Tottenham were a team with 33 players trying to create some identity or maybe they were trying to change the period that they were building and that was why they found a young coaching staff trying to develop a new idea to approach games.
Now, a year on from his dismissal, Pochettino insists he and his team are raring to go again
‘For us, Tottenham was an amazing journey, more than five years. And we discovered people like Daniel Levy and all the board and the people who were helping the team to be successful from day one.
‘Then the players, they were amazing. We found a group who had different habits. But the players are not responsible for the habits that they adopt.
‘Always, the person who leads the clubs, the companies need to be strong in how you want to translate the habits for your teams. It was amazing to have this possibility to feel free to create something special in Tottenham.
‘And then of course we made changes, it was painful, really painful. You start to build. That’s why you need to create a platform.’