Mauricio Pochettino has explained his exact designation at Tottenham Hotspur.
He is the head coach, not the manager.
“They (the players) don’t have a manager, they have a head coach,” London24.com quotes the Argentine as saying. “I am a head coach…
“If you are the manager, you decide many things about the club. But if you are a head coach, your responsibility is to play better and try to improve the players and to get positive results.
“The head coach is not the same as the manager. If not, why am I not [called] the manager? I am the head coach.
“In Southampton, I was a manager. My responsibility was not only to coach the team. Here I am a head coach - a head coach is head of your department. My department is to train the team.”
The most obvious point that stands out from Pochettino’s comments is that he is not the one who is going to make the signings.
The 42-year-old's job at Spurs is to ‘coach’ the players who are handed to him; he will have no or little say in which players are signed or sold.
One suspects that this may not entirely be the case as common sense dictates that the manager will be consulted over transfers.
However, it appears that the final say over which players to sign and which to sell will be of Tottenham’s technical director Franco Baldini and club chairman Daniel Levy.