The quotes that emanated from the Barcelona book launch have been difficult for some to digest and we’re still being assailed by journalists who either have very poor comprehension skills or are simply making mischief.
Poch was categoric enough and we are left with a number of outlets telling us ‘what he really meant’ and the old standby, ‘what he didn’t say’. The killer for me are those who have chosen to either selectively quote or ignore what was said and plod down the path of ‘what Real Madrid must do in order to capture Pochettino’.
Mauricio’s go-to man outside of his own coaching staff is the respected journalist and £6 book ghost writer, Guillem Balague.
If Balague isn’t ‘in the know’ here, then nobody is.
Balague has told the the BBC that Mauricio is not available.
From reading what Poch said yesterday it was difficult to believe anything else.
However one season isn’t enough and if this manager isn’t shown some tangible support from from ENIC – and by this I mean a demonstrable shift in the manner that players are bought – then keeping Mauricio for one term in office will be a hollow victory.
The media war unleashed by the Spanish is not to groaned or sneered at by Spurs fans.
This is the leverage that Mauricio needed.
You perform miracles in the league with a dysfunctional squad AND Real Madrid want you sign you?
Again, nobody is demanding a splurge here, just the appointment of some solid first choice players; opposed to last chance saloon jobs hired through gritted teeth as the window closes.