Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that it's never good to hear of managers struggling, having been asked about the situations at Everton and West Ham United.
Spurs are enjoying another fine season, and Sunday's 4-1 home win over Liverpool capped off a fine week, in which Tottenham beat Bournemouth 1-0 and drew 1-1 at Real Madrid.
Whilst Pochettino is arguably the safest Premier League manager right now after three years of consistent improvement, some managers aren't quite as secure as the Argentinian.
Slaven Bilic and Mauricio Pochettino
Speculation surrounds the future of West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic, after Friday's 3-0 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion put the Croatian under even more intense scrutiny.
With five defeats in nine league games this season, Bilic is under huge pressure, and he desperately needs a result against Tottenham in Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie to fend off rumours about his immediate future.
Meanwhile, Everton are now looking for a new manager after sacking Ronald Koeman on Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after they were beaten 5-2 at home by Arsenal.
Koeman was backed heavily with summer signings, but also lost five of his first nine league games this season, and the Toffees decided enough was enough for the Dutchman in the Goodison Park hot seat.
Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino
Now, Spurs boss Pochettino has told Football.London that he doesn't like to hear rumours about Bilic's future and feels it's 'very sad' to see the situations of Bilic and Koeman, as he wants the best for all his fellow managers – but understands the situation at clubs in England, saying such sackings and rumours don't surprise him.
“It's never good to hear that,” said Pochettino on the rumours about Bilic. “I know very well how our job is. I care a lot about my colleagues and of course to hear that is not good news. I hope that all is going well for him, but after our game of course. I cannot say much more and can only empathise with Bilic. He's my colleague, I have a very good relationship with him and I wish him all the best.”
"In the same way as we were talking about Bilic, I think it's very sad. We have a very good relationship with Ronald and of course I'm so sorry for him, and it's the same – I hope he moves on, and if he can find another job here it will be fantastic because he's a great manager and, again, I just wish him all the best. It's a difficult job for the manager, the coaches. It's a difficult period in England and around the world, and we understand very well how our business is. It doesn't surprise us, this kind of situation,” he added.