Pochettino gives first Spurs interview - did he ditch the translator?


The Argentinian discussed training plans and also confirmed that at least one key member of staff will be retained in his new look coaching setup.

Tottenham's new head coach finally opened up about taking over at the North London club, and what's more he did so in English!

Though of course there is nothing wrong with a non-native English speaker taking his or her time before speaking the language in public, it is rumoured that Daniel Levy insisted the Argentine ditch the translator he used at Southampton before agreeing to his arrival.

Pleasantly, for those worried Mauricio Pochettino would be unable to get his points across to Tottenham's multinational squad, the former Espanyol boss proved himself a more than capable English speaker.

"For me, it's an absolute honour to be a head coach of such a big club," the 42-year-old told the official Tottenham website. "I am very happy to be here."

Joking that squad members may face triple training sessions, Spurs' new boss put his players' minds at ease, saying: "The players don't have to be afraid.

"Our [training] style is demanding sometimes but we use common sense. We demand a lot from them.

"Our style, our philosophies, suffer in the training for it to show during the game but the players don't have to be afraid because we work with common sense all the time.

"We can only expect, from the players, full commitment and a positive attitude."

Further good news for Spurs fans concerned the future of former favourite Steffen Freund, who was assistant manager under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, with the German continuing at the club as part of Pochettino's new look coaching staff.

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