Why Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG press conferences have been ‘probably the most terrible factor you would think about’
Mauricio Pochettino had a popularity for good press conferences when working in England – however that each one modified throughout his stint at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentine is ready to turn out to be the brand new Chelsea supervisor this summer season and as a lot as having to overtake the Blues’ drained, bloated squad, he might have some work to do to restore his personal popularity. Pochettino’s time managing PSG, who he performed for as a defender, was roundly criticised by onlookers who believed he could not deal with the egos and stress within the French capital.
Now one journalist has defined to FourFourTwo how the previous Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton supervisor was a very totally different presence in his press conferences whereas on the Parc Des Princes – and the way his communication model was influenced by predecessor Thomas Tuchel.
“When he arrived at PSG, I wrote a narrative explaining how he’d been praised for his work in England, and he’d been so good in press conferences,” explains L’Equipe author Pierre-Etienne Minonzio.
“Quickly, journalists overlaying PSG mentioned to me, ‘Mate, it’s essential to have been mendacity in that article, he’s terrible at press conferences right here!’ At PSG, they have been at all times probably the most terrible factor you would think about. He solely spoke a little bit of French, so it was in Spanish with translation, and he was overwhelmingly cautious – he by no means mentioned something about something.
“At Spurs, he was the one one to talk, as a result of Daniel Levy nearly by no means gave any interviews and there wasn’t a sporting director who spoke. At PSG, the sporting director Leonardo had a direct line with the media and the president Nasser Al-Khelaifi additionally offers interviews generally.”
Pochettino was finally relieved of duties at Les Parisiens, regardless of successful a title throughout his tenure. Minonzio believes, nevertheless, that the Argentine’s change of favor whereas managing the membership was a direct affect of what had failed for earlier managers up to now – and that his cautious manner was an try and appease his bosses.
“Pochettino was in a scenario the place he wasn’t the grasp of communication, and earlier than him, there was Tuchel, who kind of left as a result of he was too offensive in his communications, and Leonardo wasn’t pleased with that. Pochettino thought, ‘I don’t wish to make the identical mistake as Tuchel, I’ll be very cautious’, nevertheless it was too cautious.
“When a man at all times offers quick solutions, it creates a way that he’s not glad to be there, that he’s not comfortable.”