Mauricio Pochettino wants Spurs and Daniel Levy to be ‘brave’ going forward after third consecutive top-three finish
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Tottenham Hotspur’s manager discussed the need for the club to come up with a different strategy if they are to contend for ‘big, big trophies’
Mauricio Pochettino has urged Daniel Levy and Tottenham Hotspur to be brave ahead of entering their new stadium next season.
The Spurs manager spoke about the need for the club to come up with different ways to compete with the best teams in the Premier League after the 2017/18 campaign ended on Sunday with a 5-4 win over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.
Pochettino, who has guided Tottenham to three consecutive top-three finishes for the first time since the 1960s, reflected on what needs to happen next for the Lilywhites to take the last step and start winning trophies.
He again reiterated his overall ambition for the N17 club to be contenders for ‘big, big trophies’, but conceded now is the time to take risks.
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“I think Daniel is going to listen to me, of course. Maybe you know me, sometimes I have crazy ideas,” said Pochettino with a laugh, before he continued: “You need to be brave.
“In these types of situations with a club with our unbelievable fans, being brave is the most important thing and to take risks.
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“I think it’s a moment where the club needs to take risks and try to work, if possible, harder than the previous season to be competitive again because every season will be worse and will be more difficult.
“The Premier League is the toughest competition and not only the big clubs, but behind us Everton, West Ham United and Leicester today they are working so hard to be close to the top six clubs.
“But I am sure Daniel is going to listen to me and we can create together to help the team move on.”
The Argentinean revealed he has specific ideas for what Tottenham need to do during the summer.
Many former professionals have criticised the club’s wage structure which isn’t high compared to the rest of the top-six.
Pochettino wasn’t asked about how much Spurs pay their players, but he did reveal talks will take place between him and Levy this week, though this is nothing out of the ordinary come the end of the campaign.
He added: “We need to talk a lot between us and the club. I think I have very clear ideas of what we need to do.
“I don’t know if the club will agree with me or not, but we are going to talk in the week to create the new project or what I think we need to do together again to try to improve. That is a little bit up to Daniel of course and up to the club to agree with us.
“I think after four years we need to assess this period and if we want to play and be really contenders for big, big trophies, I think we need to review a little bit.
“It’s fantastic today all that we achieved, but it will be so important to create again, assess all that has happened and create a different, not project, but add different ideas to help the club to move on and be closer to winning titles in the next few years.”
The 46-year-old was asked if Spurs needed higher profile signings to take them to the next level.
But Pochettino replied: “First of all I need to speak to Daniel and the club. Then sure you are going to know what we are going to do.
“Until now it was so difficult to talk about the future, of course from now we need to decide the way of how we are going to operate in the future.”
Since Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United, there have been some question marks over Pochettino’s future.
After the loss on April 21, he opened stated the club needed more time to create a winning mentality with or without him.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of the Leicester game, the ex-Espanyol boss said “today it is 100 per cent (I stay) because I have a three-year contract here. But tomorrow I don’t know what is going to happen.”
Pochettino expanded on those quotes after the win on Sunday and appeared to allay some fears of his departure by pointing out he feels the need to work as though every day could be his last.
He added: “In football you never know. I repeat from my last press conference, today 100 per cent I feel that I am here, but the most important thing is that tomorrow all can change because it’s not in my hands.
“It’s not my decision to be here or not. I depend on my bosses and that is why (I say this), so it’s healthy for myself, and us and the club and for the fans of course to think that you can lose your job tomorrow.
“You need to give your best every day and you need to work always with this fear you can lose your job if you’re not professional and if you don’t work 12 hours a day.
“What I mean is to do many things and be responsible for the situation, but today yes, 100 per cent (I will be here next season).”