Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of football’s popular men. Not many fans, players or pundits have a bad word to say about him. Considering the success he has had at Tottenham and the players he has helped develop, it is easy to see why.
However, Younes Kaboul went against the grain this week in conversation with France Football, as reported by Sport Witness, suggesting Pochettino was ‘two-faced.’
It is not the first time the Watford defender has been critical of Pochettino. In 2016, in conversation with the Daily Mail, he claimed the Argentine had ‘disrespected’ him.
Kaboul’s time with Pochettino at White Hart Lane started well in 2014. He was handed the club captaincy by the newly appointed Tottenham boss. But, by December, he was benched and joined Sunderland in July 2015.
“The one where things didn’t go well was Pochettino. On the field, nothing to say, very good manager, with a philosophy and a style of play that works.
“Personally, it’s the opposite. He’s two-faced. He would say things to you and did the complete opposite behind your back. I didn’t like that, and I told him. That’s all”.
Many will put his words down to bitterness, but there will no doubt be some in the Tottenham camp who are not Poch’s biggest fans right now either.
Danny Rose was once described as his teacher’s pet. Now the left-back has struggled with injury and lost his place to Ben Davies. It seems Rose, who was critical of Tottenham’s business off the field last summer, could leave before the end of the month.
Toby Alderweireld was considered the best defender in the Premier League back in 2016-17. But contract disputes and injury trouble have seen him fall out of favour as well.
Look at poor Vincent Janssen. As dire as he has been on the pitch for Tottenham, being stripped of a squad number this week seems a little harsh as he continues to be exiled.
Marcus Edwards and Mousa Dembele might also have a bone to pick with Pochettino in time to come.
But it certainly is nothing against the Tottenham manager. Often portrayed as loveable and soft in the media, it just shows he has the cutting edge to work at the top when tough decisions have to be made.
It was a trait shared by perhaps the greatest Premier League manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. Just look at the exits of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane from Old Trafford.
If Pochettino can go on to have half the success Fergie did at Manchester United, Tottenham fans will care little about the methods used to get there.