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'I prefer to go away' - Pochettino says he would leave Spurs if the fans didn't want him

10:55 AM GMT+8 03/03/2018
Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham
The Tottenham boss insisted he would not overstay his welcome with the club if the fans wanted him gone

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he would resign if fans turned on him as pressure continues to mount on Arsenal rival Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal suffered another 3-0 defeat to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City on Thursday, having lost by the same scoreline in the EFL Cup final last week.

The Gunners – sixth and 30 points adrift in the Premier League – were booed off the Emirates Stadium as long-serving manager Wenger faces an uncertain future despite having another season to run on his contract, with Germany boss Joachim Low and Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim linked.  

Tottenham, meanwhile, are flying high – fourth in the standings and only four points adrift of second-placed Manchester United, while they are in the Champions League last 16 against Juventus.

But Pochettino, who insisted he was not referring to Wenger, said he would not overstay his welcome at the London club. 

"If your own fans didn't want you, there is no point to carry on working because you are going to damage first of all your company, your club," said Pochettino ahead of Saturday's clash with Huddersfield Town.

"They are important, the fans, and at some point, you need to go away because the club is always more important than any person.

"And if I am the point that creates problems between all levels of the club, I prefer to go away." 

Wenger was directly accused of overstaying his welcome at Arsenal by Peter Hill-Wood, the man who appointed him back in 1996 .