Tottenham boss Pochettino in subtle dig at Wenger over ‘drama’ at Arsenal

2018-03-03 12:38:17

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 Argentine coach, who on Friday turned 46, suggested he is keen not to suffer the same problems Arsene Wenger has repeatedly faced at rivals Arsenal , with the Frenchman facing calls to leave after 21 years at the club.

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.

While Arsenal's supporters continue to lose faith in 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.

Pochettinho, meanwhile, is relaxed and enjoying his job in charge of Tottenham, and insists he will walk away the moment that changes.

"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."

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