Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he would be unconcerned should he be jeered when returning to former club Southampton for the first time on Saturday, BBC Sport has reported.
The Argentine moved to White Hart Lane from the South coast shortly after the end of last season, and his new club are just a point ahead of the Saints going into this significant clash at the St. Mary’s Stadium, with both sides in the running for a European place.
After taking over from Nigel Adkins in January 2013 and keeping them up, Pochettino guided Southampton to eighth place and their record Premier League points tally in his first and only full season in charge, developing a number of young players of whom a number were sold last summer.
Some groups of Southampton supporters feel that Pochettino did not acknowledge the club or explain his departure when he moved on to North London, but the 43-year-old has praised his previous employers ahead of this latest clash where Spurs will look to beat the hosts for the sixth game in succession.
“I don’t want to be popular. I want to be an honest person and do my job. I will expect nothing special. This is not easy for them and difficult to understand the decision. I never had an opportunity to explain but this is football.
“But the decision is done. We don’t need to explain. The most important thing is that Southampton are having a great season and we are here and I am happy to be here and that is the best thing.”
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