By Sean O’Brien
28th March 2019,
Updated: 28th March 2019,
Darren Anderton says it would be a ‘great shock’ if Mauricio Pochettino left Tottenham this summer.
The former Spurs midfielder believes the Argentine is happy in north London and will continue to take the club from strength to strength going into the future.
Pochettino had been linked with two of the top managerial jobs in football – Manchester United and Real Madrid – but following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, both roles have now been filled.
And with Tottenham’s new stadium set to open on April 3, Anderton sees no reason why the manager would pick now to leave the club.
The former England international told 888Sport: “I hope Pochettino will still be there next season and if you ask me for my opinion, yes I think he will be.
“I’d be absolutely delighted if that proves to be the case because he has been so good for the football club. He’s a great guy who cares. He wants to be part of the process.
“He loves it here and he loves working with the sort of players that Tottenham has. He wants the youngsters to work hard and improve as individuals and he puts in a lot of work on the training pitch.
“It’s meant that the club has gone from strength to strength and everybody is happy and the new stadium just adds to that. So for me it would be a great shock if Pochettino now decided it was time to move on.”
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Anderton, who made a record 299 Premier League appearances for Tottenham, sat down for dinner with Pochettino to discuss his move from Southampton to Spurs – and the conversation reiterated the manager’s compassion.
He added: “I spoke to him at a dinner and we talked about his time at Southampton and he really did care and it really did hurt him to leave but he felt that Tottenham was too big to turn down.”
Read the full 888sport interview with Darren Anderton, including his thoughts on how Liverpool are not a better team than Spurs.