Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated his desire to stay at the club for the long-term, indicating he might even remain in North London until he retires from management.
Since joining Spurs from Southampton in 2014, he has masterminded their progress to becoming contenders for domestic honours on an annual basis and regular Champions League qualifiers.
Pochettino is, however, yet to win a trophy with Tottenham, coming closest when the club were 2015 League Cup runners-up and then when they were second in the 2016/17 Premier League to Leicester City.
Now sixth on Spurs’ all-time list of long-serving managers in terms of matches played, he has the best win percentage of all bar Frank Brettelli and his is better than anyone managing since 1900.
Having been linked with potential jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid already this season, Pochettino has been busy in recent weeks playing down speculation linking him with a move away from Tottenham.
If the 46-year-old were to make Spurs the final club he manages, only stepping away to retire, he would be following in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger, who ended his 22-year reign at Arsenal when he called it a day last year.
Pochettino says that despite the rivalry between the two clubs he has nothing but respect for the Frenchman.
“I have a massive, huge respect for Arsene Wenger, because when people talk of his 22-years in charge of a club like Arsenal and all that happens in that period,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.
“You need to be so good, not only a coach but the values you translate.”
But could he do as Wenger did and stay at Spurs until his late 60s? Pochettino does not see any reason why not – even if he feels the Frenchman was not given the dignified exit he perhaps deserved.
“I hope, or wish, to be here 20 years and decide to leave or to finish my career here.
“But I need to ask him, if one day I get the opportunity, if he is happy in the way he finishes. I don’t believe [he did].”