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Pochettino: I would be 'stupid' to stay at Spurs without a future plan

Pochettino says he will walk away from the club if he is expected to keep delivering success with the same tools currently at his disposal. Credit: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear he will walk away from the club in the summer if he is expected to keep delivering success with the same tools currently at his disposal.

The Spurs boss, who has guided the club to a first-ever Champions League final, has said he would be open to taking a sabbatical from the game and that he would be the "most stupid person" to stay under the current way of operating if his brief was to repeat their recent achievements.

It comes just days after Pochettino said he could look to "do something different" if he can deliver Champions League glory for Spurs in Madrid next month.

The Argentinian has turned the club into an established top-four outfit, but has done it without any significant transfer net spend and was forced to watch them go through the last two transfer windows without signing anyone.

Pochettino, who has four years left on his current contract, says that this summer - with their recent move into their new stadium - marks the end of a five-year chapter and he is set for talks with chairman Daniel Levy about the future.

The Spurs boss, who has guided the club to a first-ever Champions League final, has said he would be open to taking a sabbatical from the game Credit: PA

Those talks could now be make-or-break as to whether Pochettino is still at the club next season.

"I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent, telling you and telling our fans what next, what is our objective," he said.

"I know very well how this business works. And we know very well that we need to operate in a different way - that doesn't mean to spend more or less money.

The Argentinian has turned the club into an established top-four outfit, but has done it without any significant transfer net spend Credit: PA

"But if we expect every season to be in the final of the Champions League because it is our plan, we need to create a plan. And the plan maybe is different to what has happened in the last five years.

"And if we believe that if we operate in the same way that we have operated in the last five years we are going to be every season in the final of the Champions League, and we are going to be every season in the top four and competing against projects like Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United, I think we are very naive.

"If you want to expect the same from Liverpool, from Manchester City or Manchester United and Chelsea, and you put the same expectation on Tottenham, and the people expect the same, of course, give me different tools to work.

"If not, I see the people working in the same way, in the future I'm going to be this guy. I am the most stupid person to work."