Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he doesn’t have a problem letting his players discuss the problems surrounding the team.
Pochettino has encouraged his first team stars to discuss things openly in the dressing room and in training because they can say things to each other, which they wouldn’t say in front of him.
“Always they can improve in their own meetings. They can say things among themselves that they cannot say to us,” said the boss.
“But it's not because we can't hear something from them. We are always open to hear everything. We need to help them.”
Pochettino is one of the best man managers in the Premier League, but Tottenham have several senior players who should be able to work out how to deal with basic tactical problems in training and during match situations.
Pochettino is trying to promote responsibility within his squad and prevent players from becoming complacent in terms of that quality over the rest of the season.
It’s an extremely important campaign for Tottenham as the side tries to break into the top four as well as pushing to reach the later stages of the Europa League, as well as having a decent crack at both domestic cup competitions.
One of the ways Pochettino is able to judge players after a poor result, such as the one against Newcastle last weekend, is to leave things and watch how his players react, who opens up first.
It’s a healthy tactic and one which should also rub off positively on the younger players at the club, who may be slightly afraid to voice their opinions and concerns when they come into the first team.
Rather than shifting responsibility, it’s extremely clever from the boss.