Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is not happy with the club’s hierarchy in their failure to capture Barcelona outcast Phillipe Coutinho this summer, according to The Sun.

The Spanish side was prepared to offload the Brazil international on loan but Spurs were beaten to the former Liverpool player by Bayern Munich.

Tottenham boss Pochettino had worked with Coutinho while in charge of Espanyol and his five goals in 16 games for the Barcelona-based side helped them preserve their La Liga status in 2012.

According to the report, the Spurs boss had wanted to re-sign the midfielder this summer in order to enhance his squad to compete both domestically and in Europe following their run to the Champions League final last season, but the move failed to materialise.

Pochettino has bemoaned Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity in recent windows and spoke towards the end of last season that the North London club would have to spend big this summer if they are to compete with Europe’s top clubs.

Tottenham spent £55million on Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in July and followed that up with signing Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham for £25m, who has gone on to make just two substitute appearances so far this campaign.

Spurs have had an indifferent start to the season and find themselves in 14th-place in the Premier League so far; having not tasted victory in the league since a 2-1 win over Southampton at the end of September.

League Two outfit Colchester United also dumped them out of the League Cup but they are doing better in the Champions League and look on course to qualify from their group which consists of Bayern Munich, Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos.

Pochettino has also been tinkering with his Tottenham squad and has been rotating with Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura in order to try and find a winning formula.

Spurs return to Premier League action on November 23 with a London derby against West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.


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