Mauricio Pochettino has remained coy about the future of his career at Tottenham manager as the fallout from last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.
The North London club, currently fourth in the Premier League, went into the Wembley showpiece as favourites, and despite taking the lead, once again fell at the semi-final stage to ensure their trophy-less period extends into an 11th season.
After the game, Pochettino made comments in which he refused to commit his future to the club saying in four separate post-match interviews that the club needed more time to achieve success, and it would be “with me or another” manager.
Now, as Tottenham prepare to face Watford in the Monday Night football, the Argentine was asked about his post-Manchester United comments:
“After the disappointment of the result against Manchester United, I was very honest to tell you that we create a philosophy and a project for the long term and trying to be different to other clubs,” said Pochettino.
“I wanted to say [after United] that the club is not going to change.
“If I stay here for three years more, after three years the project will not change. The most important thing now is that project we need to keep pushing.
“And, of course, we are frustrated about bad results. But we cannot change because the club cannot change.
“It cannot go ‘ok that is the project in Tottenham and now we are going to do the same that Manchester United are doing now’.
“Tottenham needed, when we arrived here, to have a clear idea about discipline, rules, principles, a project to develop, to use young players – and that was how we created this project all together.
“Whether it is me or another, that is the right project to keep pushing, don’t be disappointed if we still don’t win a trophy.”
Pochettino has previously been linked with future moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG, with the latter being one of his former club’s during his playing career.