Mauricio Pochettino has admitted for the first time his job could be under threat if Tottenham’s results don’t improve.
The Spurs manager has faced calls to quit from a minority of fans after a dismal run of only three wins in his last dozen games.
In that run came a 2-7 Champions League thrashing at home by Bayern Munich, which was followed by a 3-0 defeat at Brighton, and on Sunday only a late goal by Dele Alli prevented a further demoralising loss to Watford.
Pochettino’s team face Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night in the Champions League at White Hart Lane desperately needing a win to get their Group B campaign back on track.
The Argentine, who has been constantly linked with moves to both Real Madrid and Manchester United, has been in charge at White Hart Lane for five-and-a-half years and only signed a new five-year deal in 2018.
But, on Monday, Pochettino admitted: “If we don’t improve our performances and results, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football.
“I understand the business. I am 47. Why do you think I don’t have white hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this. I only pay attention to the fact that we need to improve our performances.”
There has been constant speculation about his future, but Pochettino added: “I’m not surprised. That is football. It is the same as when people praise you when you do well.
“If you don’t perform as people expect, it’s normal. Football is always about winning today. What happened yesterday is gone.
“Managers and coaches always need to win, today and tomorrow. Sometimes we think too far ahead. People sometimes say: ‘Come on gaffer you are thinking too much’. But we need to think about today.”
Tottenham, Champions League finalists only in June, currently lie seventh in the Premier League table, five points off the top four.
But they have picked up only one point from their two Champions League games so far.