Tottenham unconcerned as Sir Alex Ferguson meets Mauricio Pochettino for lunch in London
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 11/05/16 7:29pm
Tottenham have told Sky Sports News HQ they were always aware of head coach Mauricio Pochettino's meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson, and have no issues with it.
Former Manchester United manager Ferguson, who remains an ambassador for the club, was pictured meeting Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez for lunch in London on Tuesday.
Doubts over the future of current United boss Louis van Gaal have led to reports of interest in Pochettino and inevitable worry from Spurs supporters on social media, despite the Argentine having declared he has a verbal agreement to sign a new five-year contract at Tottenham.
But it is understood Pochettino and Ferguson know each other from League Managers Association dinners and have spoken publicly of their mutual respect and admiration as top managers and coaches in the game.
They had long agreed to meet for lunch at some stage and their schedules worked out on Tuesday, due to Ferguson's intention to be at the final game at the Boleyn Ground - which turned out to be a United defeat to West Ham.
It is understood Pochettino took Tottenham training in the morning, met Ferguson for lunch at Scott's restaurant in Mayfair and then returned to the club in the afternoon.
Ferguson said of Pochettino in March: "The manager has been fantastic. They have a bad record of managers, there is no doubt about that. They have had so many over the years.
"But this lad has composure. You never see him ruffled and the way his team play is a testimony to the work he is doing."