Date: 5th June 2018 at 5:23pm
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If Mauricio Pochettino had decided to up sticks and become the next manager of Real Madrid, what would have been your reaction?

Would you have been one of the thousands cursing the Spanish club, or would you be one of those wishing the Argentine all the best in, what is, one of the most coveted jobs in football?

It’d be interesting to hear what camp you sit in.

But it seems our boss isn’t like most people associated with the game, he isn’t one to simply look at the monetary rewards, he’s a loyal chap.

This morning, lurking in the news source, the Daily Mail, is the suggestion that Pochettino felt obliged to stay with Tottenham after he’d already put pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal.

He knew that leaving after doing such a thing, would see him labelled as a mercenary, a gun for hire.

I’m not sure how many others, in this game, are of such ilk.

Furthermore, our source is also reporting that Pochettino, after displaying such loyalty, has spoken with some of the Spurs players asking them to follow a similar path.

In a game where money rules the waves, it really is heart-warming that there are some good guys left in the game.

Here at Vital Spurs, we applaud Mauricio for his stance and hope many others start to follow suit.


9 Replies to “The First Of A New Breed”

  • Cut us in half and as fans we have Spurs indelibly printed through us yet nobody paid us to feel this way. That is not so for the players and coaching staff unfortunately. Loyalty is a two-way street and contracts are not worth the paper they are written on figuratively speaking so it is understandable that the allure of legendary status has declined at least as far as the elite are concerned. We revere Stevie P for his service; had he been a great player woould he too have been a Carrick, Berbatov, Bale etc. Managers are a little different in that they can out-stay their influence in dressing-room but surely we should expect them to want to take a team as far as they are capable of before chasing the dosh and kudos elsewhere

  • I hope MP’s loyalty, if in fact it exists, does not come back to bite him in the arse, if and when Levy’s patience runs out as it did with the legion of managers that have come and gone during his tenure. Ask Martin Jol or Harry Redknapp ( CL quarter finalist] about the loyalty of our Mr Levy. He may buy managers cars etc. but he is far from adverse to pulling the rug out from under managers when the whim takes him.

  • Is he as loyal as people are making out? Or did Levy just block any chance of a move because Poch had just signed a new deal? It sounds like Levy blocked a move according to people who are close with the Madrid hierarchy. If that is the case then it sounds like Poch didn’t even get a chance to speak to them.

    He is a professional , so he won’t kick up a fuss. Nor should he whilst he earns a basic wage of around 8m a year.

  • I’d wish him well, but he knows that if he went then yes he’d be labelled a mercenary, and because of that he also knows that if it didn’t work out at R M then who else would want him with a track record of chasing the money, no one would, so he isn’t being loyal for the sake of integrity, he’s being loyal simply to be able to leave at a later date some time and then if it doesn’t work out he knows he has still got his reputation intact and THAT is what I feel is the way he is thinking.
    He is looking to the future and his own future bankability/reputation as a top manager who doesn’t jump ship at the sign of the money ball.

  • It would be bittersweet for me.

    I can understand why MP would eventually listen if he isn’t backed here, and nobody could blame him.

    On the other hand, if MP continues to talk about long term projects, it creates expectations of course.

  • Clubs like Real Madrid have a hire and fire culture. Managers like Pochettino (Simeone is another one) aren’t really comfortable in that situation. If you can earn £8m a year plus incentive bonuses in a situation where you are comfortable why change ? Mourinho’s comments on his time at Madrid were interesting. He said it was the only club he didn’t enjoy working at, but when offered the job he felt if he didn’t take it he’d always wonder what would have happened.

  • Not sure how ‘cursing’ or ‘wishing’ would help. It is what it is, and what it is, is football. People come and people go in football but life goes on. I’d just support the next manager.

  • I never ever thought Poch would leave, even for the lure of RM, I think he is a man who started a project and wants to see it through, because that would be the making of him and I think he knows that. COYS

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