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Spurs boss: It’s not started as well as I hoped but Levy supports me

15:46 21 November 2014

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Mauricio Pochettino admits his Tottenham tenure has not started as smoothly as he imagined in the summer, but he insists he has the support of chairman Daniel Levy.

Spurs have lost four of their last five Premier League home games and sit 12th in the table ahead of Sunday’s trip to Hull City.

Pochettino concedes he hoped for a better start when he arrived at White Hart Lane earlier this year, but he is not in fear of his job and is committed to finding the solution to the Lilywhites’ problems.

“Always in football different situations happen and sometimes affect you in the future. But I feel good, I feel happy here,” he said.

“I know the situation. It is not the situation that we imagined in the beginning, but at this moment you need to see the man, the people, the strong characters, and I feel good. I am confident with my players and the club and we only need to get the results.

“You always believe that you will get the results quickly - maybe it’s because of our human condition - but sometimes you need some more time to get the positive results.

“We are in three very tough competitions and we need to improve our results in the Premier League. In the Capital One Cup we are in the quarter-final and in the Europa League we are top of the group, but we need to improve our results at home in the Premier League.

“I have a chat every day with Daniel [Levy] at the training ground - that is normal and my responsibility is to get positive results. I understand football but I always feel the support from him, from Daniel, and from the club. This is important for me.

“The people want the best for the club, the supporters want the best for us, but the only solution is that we play better, and we need to find the solution on the pitch and to give the signal to our people that we want to improve and we want to get success.”

Levy is attempting to take Southampton’s director of recruitment Paul Mitchell and reunite him with Pochettino, reorganising the hierarchy in a bid to get the club back on the right track.

But, when asked about Mitchell’s possible appointment, Pochettino said: “Any comment about the rumours in the media is not my job.”

And, when he was asked how transfers work at Tottenham and how much input he has into player recruitment, the head coach simply replied: “It’s our decision, it’s the club’s decision.”

That led to the question of whether Pochettino would like more of a say in which players are signed, but he was keen to avoid the subject and focus on improving his current squad’s form – starting at Hull this weekend.

“Now is not the moment to find the guilt, it’s a moment to be all together, to be strong,” he said. “My responsibility is to get the results and improve the team and it’s impossible to talk too much. Now we need to look forward and try to correct or fix something that’s happened in the past - but always you need to look forward and we need to improve.

“We need to feel confidence in ourselves. It’s true that when you lose four games at home in the Premier League we need to analyse why.

“Maybe it’s because we feel the pressure at home. But we need to be strong because we are professional people and we need to believe in our skill.

“The reality is we have better results away than at home. I am not happy for that because we need to show our skill in front of our supporters because they deserve that.”

Pochettino added: “It’s important to be confident in your team-mates, to play always like a team. We need in this moment to help each other and we work with different models – with images, a lot of chat between us and in different groups. We need to realise the situation in different situations on the pitch. There’s been a lot of work, and not only by me - my staff have had a lot to look at.

“[Since the last game] it’s been difficult because in the international players the main part of the squad is away, but in the last two or three days they start to come back and they start to talk, to have a lot of chat - and this is our job: to be confident, to be better and stronger.”

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