Although ultimately enjoying a good relationship as Shaw’s work-rate improved, the Argentine’s comments help shed some light on Jose Mourinho’s treatment of the young left-back.
“I felt his head was not in the right place to make the sacrifices and decisions that are necessary at that age,” Pochettino says in Guillem Balague’s new book, Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs.
Shaw has been frozen out by Mourinho at Manchester United since returning to fitness from a horror double-leg break.
The England international has played just 47, minutes in the Carabao Cup this season and has not played in the Premier League whatsoever.
“I felt his [Shaw’s] head was not in the right place to make the sacrifices and decisions that are necessary at that age”
The Tottenham boss also reveals that he has his heart set on international management one day.
But not with the country of his birth Argentina as you would be forgiven for expecting – but with the There Lions of England.
Having coached 15 of the last 30 England debutants, there are few in world football better suited to the national job.
And the good news for England fans is that Pochettino is keen to take up the challenge.
“If I were to move into international management one day, I’d relish the opportunity to coach the England national team,” he says.
He goes on to praise the hard work young English players such as Harry Winks put into improving their game.
Tottenham fans will not be so keen on their manager leaving anytime soon. He still has yet to lift any silverware.
But with a strong squad featuring Harry Kane and Dele Alli, this could be the season the Spurs finally make the breakthrough.
Published at Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:45:00 +0000