Unless he is given the tools he needs to compete regularly with the big-spending clubs in the top six, he is ready to take a break having been exhausted by his efforts to bring the club this far with such limited resources.

The Tottenham manager appeared to joke about quitting the game at a press conference circus ahead of the remarkable 3-2 comeback win against Ajax.

But in a more calm and reflective mood in his briefing to a dozen or so newspaper journalists after his main press conference to preview the final game of the season against Everton, he spelled out the reasons he feels he has to consider his future.

“I am open for everything,” he said when asked if he might take a sabbatical. “What I am not open to, is to start a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent, telling you and telling our fans what next, what is our objective.

“Because if we believe that if we operate in the same way that we have operated in the last five years we are going to be in the final of the Champions League every season, and we are going to be every season in the top four and competing against projects like Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United, I think we are very naive.

“We need to create a plan and that plan maybe is different to what has happened in the last five years.

“So I want to be clear, I want to be honest. First of all with my club, with my players, with our fans and relay the right message.

“If the people expect the same things, give me different tools to work with. If not, I would be the most stupid person to work.”

Mauricio Pochettino professed his love for the club and hopes that talks planned with Levy in the summer genuinely do produce some of the answers in terms of wage structure and transfer budget that the Argentinian feels would enable him to compete again.

He added: “In the five years we have achieved a lot of things and it was an amazing period,” Pochettino added. “But now it’s, ‘What’s next?’ That is my point.

“Of course we are all excited now and it’s difficult to see the future. But the future arrives quick.

“That is the point: we need to talk how we can keep the club at the level we have arrived at now.”

Probable Tottenham team to face Everton (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Sissoko, Skipp; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Llorente.

 

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