Mauricio Pochettino claims he had 'good relationship' with Franco Baldini

Mauricio Pochettino says he had a good relationship with Franco Baldini.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told BBC London Sport that he enjoyed working alongside Franco Baldini at White Hart Lane.

Baldini left his role as technical director at Spurs earlier this week, bringing an end to his two-year stint with the North London club.

It was former boss Andre Villas-Boas who pushed for a technical director after the 2012/13 season, but he must have regretted that desire after the woeful 2013 summer signings.

Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado all arrived in a dismal transfer window - and all four have already left the club having been pushed out of the door by Pochettino.

It soon became apparent that Baldini was largely to blame for the terrible signings, and Benjamin Stambouli, a signing from last summer, has also departed having been out of favour under Pochettino.

It was therefore little surprise when Baldini left Spurs earlier this week, meaning that the responsibility for transfers will fall at the feet of Pochettino and Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell.

Speaking to BBC London Sport, Pochettino commented on Baldini's departure, stating that he enjoyed his time working with him, and claims that they had a good relationship together too.

"I think I enjoyed it a lot, to work with him, in just one season," said Pochettino. "It's gone quick. His decision and the club's decision was that they were going to agree to stop working together. I don't have an opinion as it's a decision from him and the club. We had a good relationship," he added.

It seems that the summer just gone was the first time where Pochettino and Mitchell had control over transfers, and the impacts from Toby Alderweireld and Son Heung-min so far suggest that Tottenham are in much better hands moving forward after a dismal stint with Baldini calling the shots.

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