Pochettino "focused" on Tottenham job after Mourinho sacking

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Published on December 18, 2018 - Duration: 01:10s

Pochettino "focused" on Tottenham job after Mourinho sacking

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he's "focused" on his job at Tottenham as he attempted to dodge questions about the vacant Manchester United role following Jose Mourinho's sacking.

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Pochettino "focused" on Tottenham job after Mourinho sacking

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 18, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, ON JOSE MOURINHO'S SACKING AT MANCHESTER UNITED, SAYING: "First of all I want to send my best wishes to him.

I feel so sorry.

Because you know very well, I have a very good relationship with him.

He's a very good friend and it's obviously sad news what's happened today.

And then to follow your question, it's not my business what's happned at another club.

I only want to send my best wishes to Jose." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, ON JOSE MOURINHO'S SACKING AT MANCHESTER UNITED, SAYING: "I think after nearly five years (at Tottenham) there's a lot of rumours about what happened in my position here, like a manager at Tottenham.

I cannot answer this type of question because this type of rumour happens in this business, in football." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, ON JOSE MOURINHO'S SACKING AT MANCHESTER UNITED, SAYING: "That business we know very well that a lot of rumours happen, but it's not my business what happens in another club now.

I'm so focused on trying to deliver our best job in this football club." STORY: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he's fully focused on managing the north London club despite being the bookmakers' favourite to take over from Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as Manchester United boss earlier on Tuesday (December 18).

Pochettino has been seen as a long-term target for United because of his preference for attacking football and nurturing young talent, neither of which has been much in evidence at the club since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.

With the Portuguese gone, United may make their move for the Spurs boss, who has taken his club to consecutive top-three finishes but has yet to bring a trophy to north London.

The Argentine was offered at odds of 2/1 against -- meaning one chance in three -- within minutes of Mourinho's sacking.

Pochettino is closely followed at 4/1 against by former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who led the Spanish side to three successive Champions League titles.

However, rival bookmakers had former United defender and France manager Laurent Blanc emerging as the frontrunner with some putting him EVENS, down from 12/1, ahead of Pochettino.

The Frenchman spent two years at Old Trafford from 2001, making 75 appearances, and has been out of work since leaving Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain in 2016.

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