Mauricio Pochettino has outlined what made him successful at Tottenham as Manchester United continue to be linked with the out of work manager.
The Argentine was linked with the Old Trafford hot seat while he was in north London before Red Devils chief Ed Woodward chose not to pursue him.
Those links have resurfaced following United’s indifferent start to the season as pressure mounts on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
And Pochettino has maintained that having the freedom to create the right culture was crucial to his success at Tottenham.
The Argentine was able to embed his philosophy and maintained that making big changes is “painful” but necessary.
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“You need to create a line from the top,” he said on Sky Sports.
“Be strong in your principal, in the way you’re going to develop, in the way you’re going to lead, for the thing happening in the way that you want.
“That was amazing to have this possibility, to feel free, to create something special at Tottenham. That was amazing.
“Change is always painful. It is really painful. When you arrive at a new club you have to make changes.
“If you arrive at the beginning, easier. If you arrive in the middle, the same. You need to start to build.
“That is why it is so important to create a big platform and that is what we really the believe.
“The coaching staff is to create a platform where the player can feel comfortable and improve. It’s so important.”
Pochettino was backed by club chiefs at Southampton and Tottenham and insists it is crucial that managers are allowed to change the direction if they see fit.
“Tottenham was a team with 33 players,” he added.
“It was a team that was trying to create an identity or maybe to change the period until there and that is why they find a young coaching staff and to train and develop a different approach to the games.
“In the same way that I am talk highly about Nicola [Cortese] and the club Southampton, Tottenham was an amazing journey, five years, we really enjoyed from day one.
“Again, in that case Joe Lewis, the owner, Daniel Levy, and all the board and staff that helped us from day one.”
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