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Pochettino not worried by Tottenham sack record

ESPN staff
August 15, 2014
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Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not worried by Tottenham's recent record of changing managers, but knows he must get the club off to a flying start if he is to keep chairman Daniel Levy content.

Tottenham went through eight managers under Levy before Pochettino arrived from Southampton last May. The Argentine won plenty of admirers after he steered the St Mary's club to their highest ever Premier League finish.

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  • "I can't see Tottenham breaking into the top four, unless two of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have disastrous seasons. So fifth or sixth in the Premiership is a realistic expectation. Most fans would probably settle for Tottenham playing some decent football again - watching them for most of last season was torture"
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However, his switch to White Hart Lane will prove a fresh challenge, particularly given Levy's recent demand for Champions League football. The new manager, though, claims he has not been set challenges by the board.

Asked about Levy's record of sacking managers, Pochettino said: "I do not worry about that. I know the business in football. I know that you live by the result, you need to get results. If not, you put yourself in difficulties.

"The club and the chairman do not put any pressure on me or any challenges for me to achieve something.

"We have a very good relationship. Every day we talk together, with Franco Baldini and the chairman and with all the board and people here, and try to do the best to help the club and for our supporters to enjoy every game.

"I think when you are a manager, in Espanyol, Southampton or now Tottenham, it is true that it's different, because Tottenham is a big club, but the responsibility is always the same.

"The responsibility, as a manager or head coach, is the same in all countries and all teams. It's true that this is a big club, with more repercussions, and we put pressure on ourselves, this is the same in all teams. But I don't feel this pressure.

"It wasn't always good in Southampton, sometimes we lost many games, but my feeling is the same. Pressure is not from outside, from the media or supporters, it's my pressure. Our philosophy and style is to win every game. We want to win and that puts us under pressure. But I don't feel pressure from outside."

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