Mauricio Pochettino has promised he will never outstay his welcome at Tottenham Hotspur and has also claimed he will walk away from football management if it ever sends him grey.
Tottenham manager Pochettino prepared for the Premier League clash against Huddersfield Town by celebrating his 46th birthday on Friday and is proud of the fact that he still has a full head of brown hair.
He also values the relationship he enjoys with the Spurs supporters and is adamant that he will never allow management to damage his quality of life, or stay somewhere he is not wanted.
“If your own fans didn’t want you, there is no point to carry on working because you are going to damage first of all your company, your club,” said Pochettino.
“They are important, the fans, and at some point, you need to go away because the club is always more important than any person. And if I am the point that creates problems between all levels of the club, I prefer to go away.”
Pochettino made it clear that he was speaking about himself and not making any comment on Arsene Wenger’s situation at Arsenal. But the contrast in moods between the north London rivals could not be greater, with the Spurs fans fully behind their manager and Pochettino keeping his football career in perspective.
Asked how he has got to the age of 46 – the last 10 years of which have been in management – without going grey, Pochettino replied: “My hair is natural. I promise you.
“For me, football is not a drama, it is a joy. The most quiet I am is when we are going to compete. Of course, there is a lot of drama out of football. But football cannot be a drama. You win or lose. You are responsible and you are professional, but no drama.”
Pochettino would be four years away from retirement if he had stuck to his original plan, but has now set no limit on how long he will continue in management.
“When I started my career as a manager I was 36, I said [to myself], ‘I will be a manager and my limit is 50’,” said Pochettino. “But now, I don’t know. I don’t know if I will be longer like Roy [Hodgson] or Ferguson or Wenger, or maybe I will stop before.”
And he added: “I want to improve and try to enjoy doing my job but if I am going to suffer or create a drama in my life, I would prefer to go away. I don’t want to stay every day fighting with people.”
Clarifying the fact he will quit management if it ever becomes too stressful, Pochettino said: “ Because football means joy, happiness and I want to enjoy doing my job and enjoy helping people to achieve their dream and it cannot be a drama.
“The first is to provide for your family a good life. I like things to do outside football, but my passion is 100 per cent football. If it absorbs my life and all my family are behind me, supporting me, football cannot be a drama for me or for my family.”
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