Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino explained on the club’s official Facebook page why he finds it difficult to offer advice to the club’s younger players.
Pochettino is superb in terms of working closely with the developing stars at Tottenham, but he’s admitted that he finds it difficult to offer life advice because so much of society has changed compared to when he was in the same position.
“Today it is very difficult to give advice because the boys nowadays are different to my generation,” he said.
“To give advice, you need to know them because we have don’t have the same value now as we did in the past. It is going to be difficult to give general advice because society has changed over the past decade.”
Modern day football is a very lucrative industry with some younger players earning more in a couple of months than average individuals will make in tens of years.
The various temptations and negative pressures which can be placed over younger players as a result is something that any manager needs to be aware of.
Ultimately, what the issue comes down to is one of trust and Pochettino needs to trust his younger players to act responsibly and behave in the right way when they are representing Tottenham.
The alternative is for the manager to smother all of his players, which runs the risk of alienating them and not allowing them the space and freedom to enjoy themselves away from the intense pressure of Premier League football.
Pochettino does deserve a lot of credit for the way he has embraced England and English football, but there is only so much he can do in terms of offering advice based on his personal upbringing and background.