Current Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino played for Argentina 20 times with two goals from 1999 through 2002, and the former Newell’s Old Boy played for both Bordeaux and PSG in France during his playing career of 17 years.
Mauricio Pochettino in his playing days for Argentina
Mauricio finished his playing career (he was a central defender) at Espanyol in Spain, from 2004-2006, and three years after retiring he returned to the club as their manager and stayed there for three years, and then Southampton signed him up in January of last year.
He has had great success so far in managing Southampton, and he made them into one of the best sides to watch last season with their all out attacking style, and Spurs brought him to White Hart Lane in the summer.
The Argentine was asked if he had any sympathy for Alan Pardew – who has been derided this year by a section of the Newcastle fans, and there have been organized protests to try to get Mike Ashley to fire the Londoner.
This is what Mauricio said:
“I do have sympathy. I don’t like it when every single manager is under pressure or is getting a lot of criticism. In your career, you have always ups and downs.”
“It’s important to have respect. In this job, you always go through moments of difficulties.”
“As a player and as a manager, I have had some bad moments. I played for 17 years. Every season is not the same. Some seasons you have success, others you have bad performances.”
“As a manager, you have to accept pressure. The best way to deal with this situation is to be natural, be professional, try to deliver your best and, in football, anything can happen.”
It should be a good game tomorrow at White Hart Lane, but Newcastle will need to start this game quickly and be on the front foot, because in the past we’ve gone down to too many early goals.
A win or a draw from this game tomorrow will be a good result for Newcastle – that’s what we are hoping for.
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