Pochettino feeling no pressure
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will not let the threat of the sack if things go wrong at Tottenham next season overshadow his on-going plans for the club's new philosophy.
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The former Southampton coach was picked by chairman Daniel Levy to replace Tim Sherwood earlier in the summer, the third manager appointed in two seasons following the unceremonious departure of Andre Villas-Boas during December 2013 when the White Hart Lane 'project' had failed to deliver a sustained challenge for the Barclays Premier League top four.
Pochettino, though, intends to keep himself focused on delivering results rather than concerns over what might happen if they fail to materialise.
"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," he said.
"But 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 (technical director) 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.
"We understand that football is in the present. It is difficult to take time. We need to improve and learn quickly for sure."
Pochettino has slowly moved to reshape the Spurs squad, bringing in the likes of goalkeeper Michael Vorm and defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier, while promising United States international DeAndre Yedlin is one for the future having been loan back to Seattle Sounders following his transfer on a four-year deal.
The former Argentina international is under no illusions that he must look to eclipse his achievements at Southampton, and quickly.
"Tottenham 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," Pochettino said.
"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 is 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."
Spurs head to West Ham on Saturday, then play a Europa League qualifier against AEL Limassol before heading across London again to tackle promoted QPR.
Pochettino firmly believes the foundations are in place to take Spurs forwards and challenge for Champions League qualification once again.
"I don't demand time. It is only to work hard every day, to build and improve every player in the squad. After always in football, the result manages your career and the decisions, because we need to win, this is our job," said the former Espanyol manager, who was a relative unknown in England when announced as a shock replacement for then popular Southampton manager Nigel Adkins in January 2013.
"In football you need to improve every day, but you need to put your philosophy across and you need them to understand how to improve every day.
"It is not like I just tell you and you receive my message. You need to build a philosophy."
Pochettino indicated he could be ready to pair Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor in attack.
"In Southampton we did it with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana and we are flexible. Sometimes we play with two strikers and sometimes with one striker in the same game, but we always play with the same philosophy," he said.
"We need to be protagonists and always press high, work hard and be a dynamic team, but after we have a lot of games and we have time for all the players to show and play."
Pochettino had been rumoured to be ready to offload the likes of Nacer Chadli, Sandro, Paulinho, Kyle Naughton, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson and Kyle Walker.
The Spurs manager, though, wants as deep a squad as possible.
"It is not difficult. I am happy with all players and it is better when you have a long squad than a short squad," he said.
"It is true, we need to take a decision (on the 25-man Premier League squad list), but at the moment all have the possibility to stay with us."