Mauricio Pochettino Finally Gives His ‘All Or Nothing’ Reaction
Mauricio Pochettino has finally given his reaction to 'All or Nothing' and admitted it was "very difficult to say yes" when it came to allowing the Spurs documentary to be filmed.
Speaking to Melissa Reddy on the Behind The Lines podcast, the former Tottenham manager said he and his assistant Jesus Perez had only sat through the first 25 minutes of the first episode - but he has no complaints about how he was portrayed.
"Me and Jesus, we only watched the first 25 minutes, until we left the club," said Pochettino. "We watched, and to be honest, it was correct. No more or no less...
"Being honest, I think we feel responsible because it was very difficult to say yes to open the door to Amazon, who came to Tottenham at a very difficult moment for us."
Many Spurs fans were disappointed that the end of the Pochettino era was swept over so quickly in 'All or Nothing', as the doc fast-forwarded to Jose Mourinho's appointment.
It was clearly a torrid time for the club, but the story of how a manager who'd taken Spurs to a Champions League final a few months earlier was suddenly gone by November of the 2019/20 season is intriguing.
Yet Poch claims he feels more pained on behalf of his assistant, Jesus Perez, who did so much to facilitate the documentary but received little credit.
"I feel sorry for Jesus, because he spent time from 7am trying to help the Amazon people to make that all work with the players, with the staff, with everything," he said "And to be honest, after 25 minutes watching, I think Jesus appeared one time with me.
"OK, five-and-a-half years [at the club] and we're only in the scenario for 25 minutes, trying to justify why we left the club.
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"But I understand, because it's a documentary that's trying to put the club in a good place. The club is not going to open the door to Amazon to create a problem after the documentary... I think it's important to show the facilities of the club, the new stadium, the new training ground that we were so involved in helping Daniel [Levy] to design."
A pretty magnanimous response from the 48-year-old Argentinian who also labels the 'Special One' who replaced him a very close friend.
"I still love the fans, I still love the club, and of course, I have a different appreciation for Daniel and the people that work there and the players," Pochettino told Reddy.
"Jose is a very good friend. I wish them all the best and that they can achieve some titles that Daniel can enjoy, and, of course, reflects all the effort that we were doing in the past to create the fantastic club that it is today."
Naturally, the subject also turned to where next for the man who did so much to raise Tottenham's standing. While Poch has been linked to some of the biggest jobs in club football, it's clear he's in no rush as he waits for the perfect position.
"Personally, I am enjoying this break a lot," he said. "I am not a person who is going to cry if I'm not going back [to football] in one or two months... Maybe in one month or in two months or in six months, I will be desperate to be back to football, but today I think we have plenty of things to do.
"We [Pochettino and his team] are enjoying the break with the family. We know that football is so important for us, and it's more than our passion, but never more important than your family, your friends. Of course, we love football, we love the game, we miss football and to be involved, but life has lots of things to do, and I don't believe that it's only football or nothing."
In other words, Poch has plenty of time to watch the rest of the 'All or Nothing' doc if he fancies it - and even to send Danny Rose or Dele Alli a supportive WhatsApp if he feels the urge.
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