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Tottenham's Pochettino - Team won't be distracted by Manchester United speculation

20 December 2018

Following Jose Mourinho's sacking as United boss after the side's poor start to the season on Tuesday, Pochettino has emerged as the bookmakers' favourite to become the next full-time manager at Old Trafford.

After that, Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Laurent Blanc are all expected to be in the frame. No-one knows. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey.

Tottenham are third in the Premier League, while United are languishing in sixth place.

"The moment earlier on in the season when it was clear the board had decided that they didn't want to back a couple of Mourinho signings - at that point you're finished as a manager".

Many feel Spurs would deliver trophies if Pochettino was backed better in the transfer market.

Mauricio Pochettino did not flatly deny any interest in replacing Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino enjoy a good relationship
Jose Mourinho left and Mauricio Pochettino enjoy a good relationship

"That is not my business and then I will not waste time or energy because my focus and energy is in Tottenham".

"With a net spend of around £29m over the last four years, I'm not sure what more he could have done", Neville told Sky Sports.

"Like always in football, no-one can guarantee nothing and when you are a manager, look what happened", he said. "That's not my business, it's so hard to guess, and then I'm not going to waste time or energy because my focus and my energy is in this club, is on tomorrow and to prepare the best way the games, and of course to respect the club that employs you".

However, the Argentinian was in no mood to discuss the new vacancy at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's EFL Cup clash with Arsenal, instead choosing to focus on his future with Tottenham. "I am not creating rumours, I am here". He lost the ball as the Saints went on to score a victor and Emery has once again been willing to show his assertiveness by omitting Ozil from the squad in one of most significant games of the season so far. I accept opinion when you win and people praise you.

Pochettino has a close-knit coaching team consisting of Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jiminez and he will want all three with him at United, with the fee to sign that trio likely to cost close to €11m as they all have long-term contracts with the north London club. If we consider that he can cope with 90 minutes, maybe he can play.

"He is a good friend, it is sad news what happened today".

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Tottenham's Pochettino - Team won't be distracted by Manchester United speculation