Pochettino will retire if football loses ‘joy’

PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 March 2018

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates his side's first goal at Liverpool (pic Peter Byrne/PA)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates his side's first goal at Liverpool (pic Peter Byrne/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has vowed never to let football become a “drama” and that he will retire from management if it ever stops being a “joy”.

The Argentinian, who on Friday turned 46, also revealed he is pondering a lengthy career, having previously expected to be out of the sport by the age of 50.

Pochettino is presently relishing a 16-match unbeaten run and his team’s progress to the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals, at a time when many of his closest rivals are working under significant strain.

Arsenal’s supporters continue to lose faith in Arsene Wenger, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte has consistently complained about the conditions in which he works, and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho has been criticised for Paul Pogba’s failings.

Only Mourinho’s future is yet to become shrouded in uncertainty amid football’s increasingly ruthless climate that means managers are under even greater scrutiny, and pressure to deliver results.

Pochettino is therefore unusually relaxed and secure at what has previously been a troubled club, and insists he will walk away the moment that changes.

Speaking amid the reflection a birthday can bring, he said: “When I started as a manager I was 36, I said, ‘Okay, I will be a manager and my limit is 50’.

“Now, I don’t know if I will be longer like Roy (Hodgson) or (Sir Alex) Ferguson or Wenger or maybe I will stop before.

“What I believed when I started my career as a manager was I’d become without hair or go grey, living in a drama completely. When I watch football and the manager always criticises everyone and sees the phantom and tries to defend himself and fight with you and fight with the fans and fight with this. That is no life.

“I want to improve and try to enjoy doing my job but if I am going to suffer or create drama in my life, I would prefer to go away.

“Football is a joy. The most quiet I am is when we are going to compete. It’s not a drama. For other people it’s different but for me football is not a drama - it is a joy.

“Another thing (can be drama)? Yes. Family, relationship, that situation? Yes. Of course there is a lot of drama out of football. Football cannot be a drama. You win or lose, but no drama.”

On Saturday at Wembley, Spurs host the improving Huddersfield, and have Jan Vertonghen back in contention, strengthening a defence undermined by Toby Alderweireld’s absence with a hamstring injury.

Pochettino was also asked if he would resign if he lost the backing of Spurs’ supporters, and added: “If your own fans didn’t want you, like you, there is no point in carrying on working, because you are going to damage your club.

“Fans are important and, at some point, you need to go away because the club is always more important than any person.

“If I am the point that creates problems between all levels of the club, I prefer to go away.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News


Bostik Premier: Staines Town 4 (Buchanan 12, Miller-Rodney 15, Worsfold 54, Ahmidi 68) Hendon 0

Yesterday, 16:30

An Errol McKellar Celebrity XI will do battle with Martin Ling’s London Legends on May 27 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and East Herts Mind Network

Yesterday, 15:00

Herts/Middlesex One: Saracens Amateurs 22 UCS Old Boys 19

Yesterday, 13:30

The Dane was the star of the show on Saturday, although he conceded they probably could have done better with ‘certain situations’

Yesterday, 10:18

Middlesex have confirmed the signing of Australian Ashton Agar, who will join the club for this year’s Vitality Blast tournament.

Yesterday, 09:30

The 52-year-old put pressure on Spurs in the build-up to the game and they responded in fine fashion at the Liberty Stadium

Yesterday, 08:15

Arsenal’s experience of crunch games will come to the fore as they aim to keep alive hopes of further silverware this season, says England legend Sue Smith.


Melange, with locations in Barnet and Crouch End, has opened a third in Belsize Park. Here co-owner Justina Markauskaite talks about removing the borders between cuisines and why they put family at the centre of everything they do

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now