The much-coveted Argentinean coach told the club’s chairman and directors that they must “be brave, take risks and work in a different way” at the end of last season, only for the club to become the first in Premier League history to fail to sign any first-team players in a summer transfer window.
Now, Pochettino told them they must “operate differently” if they are to win silverware. All the talk surrounding the club concerns departures.
Pochettino is expected to take over at Manchester United during the summer while Real Madrid are keen to land Christian Eriksen, 26, in a £100m deal. Rumours swirl about Harry Kane with Spurs seemingly incapable of adding fresh players to their squad.
Despite furious denials, the spiralling cost of the new stadium – now close to £1bn – are held as the principal cause of the transfer inertia.
Pochettino laid his feelings bare for the media ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea, who have spent £250m since the Argentinean took over at Spurs:
“I want to win the Premier League.
“But if we want to win titles we need to operate in a different way. At the moment we operate in the same way as we operated five years ago when we arrived. Of course, maybe we can win some titles but it’s going to be a tough job because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot.
“The other day I saw a stat about how teams were spending in Europe in the last 10 years and I think we were on the bottom – in England and Europe”
It’s the clearest warning to Levy yet that Pochettino will leave if the club continues to fail to invest.