Daniel Levy asks Mauricio Pochettino to take pay cut on £8.5m salary

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has asked Mauricio Pochettino to take a pay cut on the £8.5m-a-year salary that the club continue to pay the Argentine.

Pochettino was sacked last December and replaced by Jose Mourinho less than 24 hours later, bringing to an end the Argentine’s six years in north London.

Levy shared a close relationship with Pochettino and in sacking the Argentine, he agreed to pay his salary until he took up his next job.

Pochettino is one of the finest managers in world football and had been expected to make a quick return to management.

But with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in football being suspended across Europe, Pochettino can technically keep his payments coming for the foreseeable future.

However, Levy is concerned about Spurs’ finances during the pandemic and he’s already been forced into an embarrassing u-turn after placing all non-playing stuff on furlough.

Added to that is the fact that Spurs are yet to find a compromise with their playing staff and backroom staff to take pay cuts.

The Daily Mail claim Pochettino has therefore been approached by the club to take a pay-cut during the crisis to ease the burden on Spurs.

As well as Pochettino, Spurs have continued paying his backroom staff including Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez.

The Premier League will meet on Friday to discuss a potential new start date for the campaign.

A date of June 6th has been touted but the Premier League needs the all-clear from the government that the UK is over the peak of the pandemic before proceeding.

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