Tottenham have been warned to start winning silverware or else they’ll risk losing Mauricio Pochettino to either Real Madrid and Manchester United, says Stephen Kelly.
Real and United have both expressed an interest in hiring Pochettino over the past year following their own managerial changes. However, the Argentine remained loyal to Spurs having only signed a new five-year contract last May.
At least for now, though, the two European giants appear to have resolved their coaching dilemmas. Real managed to persuade Zinedine Zidane back, while Old Trafford favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now leads the charge for United.
After coming so close to winning the Champions League, Pochettino’s hunger for progress at Spurs has only grown. Apparently, he has told Spurs to pursue four transfer targets after two windows without spending a single cent.
There are also fears the 47-year-old could walk out of north London should the club fail to deliver on his demands.
And, with Pochettino allegedly still on Real and United’s radar, Kelly reckons Spurs fans have got every right to worry unless the club manage to win a trophy.
“From a Tottenham point of view, his longevity at the club will mean him needing to win something at the club to stay there,” the Irish full-back told talkSPORT.
“Because his stock is getting higher and higher and it’s going to be harder and harder for them to keep hold of him because people will come knocking on his door.
“The opportunities are gone now for like Real Madrid and Manchester United, but they will come back around and if he is still rising up that ladder, there will be teams interested.
“So he has been extremely loyal and Tottenham have been loyal to him, but now they need to try and give him funding, allow him to improve the squad and create competition.
“Because they have a great squad, but it is creating the competition to get players to raise their game more which I think is important.
“But for him, they need a trophy, they want a trophy. They came so close last season and to get to the Champions League final was a huge step for them, because they had always been nearly there.”