Gary Neville has said that Tottenham Hotspur should be worried by Mauricio Pochettino’s recent comments, especially now that there is a managerial vacancy at Real Madrid.
Despite that though, manager Mauricio Pochettino made the remarkable claim that he felt it was the worst of his time at the club, alluding to frustrations at a lack of signings and the failure to move into their new stadium.
While Spurs were trying to navigate the NFL lines at Wembley on Monday night, European Champions Real Madrid were busy announcing that Julen Lopetegui had been relieved of his duties after what has been a miserable start to the La Liga campaign, culminating in the 5-1 humiliation against El Classico rivals Barcelona on Sunday.
Real Madrid B coach Santiago Solari has been put in temporary charge at the Bernabeu, but it is thought that Pochettino is on Los Blancos’ list of targets, and former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has said that the Argentine’s comments should be a worry for Spurs.
“What I would say is a bit of a worry are Mauricio Pochettino’s comments,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.
“I said before the game it’s the first bricks in the foundations of potentially wanting to leave and during the game tonight the Real Madrid coach has been sacked.
“If you are Real Madrid and you are thinking ‘Where can I get a manager, where’s the next manager?’ He speaks Spanish and has been a coach in La Liga. That is an appealing job for anybody in world football.
“He knew the ground rules before he came in. He knew he wasn’t going to get £500-£600m when he went to Tottenham.
“He took the job knowing Daniel Levy, the board at the Tottenham, the restrictions, so my view is that now he probably wants that next level of job because he deserves it as he is a brilliant coach.
“That next level is available at arguably the greatest club in the world of football in Real Madrid.
“That’s where the manager might be thinking ‘is this now the time for me to step out?’ I think Tottenham, if Real Madrid want him, will have a real problem in the next few days.
“I don’t think they do, we are just putting two and two together, but we spoke about the timing of his comments, and is the timing because a job has become available?”