Rapport between players and their manager has never been more important. Increasingly these past few seasons, the changing power dynamics have seen individual players often influence tremendous say in the future of a gaffer at their outfit.
While player relations aren’t the obvious factor that will determine the appraisal of a manager’s role at a club, there is no denying that the factor is a vital one.
Now, a statement of one gaffer may have initiated the domino-effect of displeasing his squad that can swiftly travel down an all-too-familiar path.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino may be facing the music after his statement that his players have a different ‘agenda’ was perhaps taken the wrong way.
As per the Sun, Spurs players are unhappy that the Argentine gaffer is pegging the blame on them for the embarrassing ousting in the Carabao Cup earlier this week.
The outlet quotes a source close to the players to have stated: “They feel Poch is the one with an agenda. They are not impressed with him at all and what he said has not helped at all. Some of the players feel that Poch does not like it if he doesn’t get his own way.”
The unrest may stem from the renewed rumors that Pochettino is considering a move to Manchester United once more.
The gaffer was believed to be amongst the top choices for the Old Trafford job after Jose Mourinho’s sacking last season and now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in somewhat of a form slump, that possibility appears to have resurfaced.
If true, these claims point to a sharp fracture in the dynamics of the London club, one that past precedent hasn’t painted a comfortable picture about.
Further, their poor start to the Premier League campaign doesn’t help matters either.