Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino sympathises with under-pressure Newcastle boss John Carver

Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino

MAURICIO Pochettino says he sympathises with under-pressure John Carver, even though his Newcastle counterpart knew exactly what he was letting himself in for.

A number of fans will boycott the Magpies’ match against Spurs on Sunday in a show of defiance against owner Mike Ashley as another disappointing season comes to a close.

Handed the reins until the end of the season following Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace, Carver has not had the easiest of rides - something Tottenham head coach Pochettino sympathises with, to an extent at least.

“In your career, sometimes maybe you are up and sometimes you are down,” the Spurs boss said.

“We know the stress.

“You suffer a lot when things are not good, so for that reason I care a lot about my colleague.

“I think we understand that when you put your face in front on the touchline and you are a head coach or a manager, you are responsible.

“If you want to keep your place, you need to stay behind (the scenes). The manager, the head coach, needs to be brave because it is not an easy job.

“When the good things happen, sometimes it is good to hear ‘good job’, ‘good manager’, ‘good man’.

“When the problems arrive, it is difficult to be in a good mood like me today.

“But it is important to be brave and to be calm and to be clever because you need to understand this is football.”