Mauricio Pochettino has not yet completed his second campaign at White Hart Lane, but will reach the 100 game landmark when Spurs travel to Germany to take on Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday.
Since arriving from Southampton in May 2014, Pochettino has transformed Spurs and Kyle Walker is insistent that Spurs must do all they can to keep the Argentinian amid potential interest from Manchester and Chelsea in the summer.
Speaking to Standard Sport ahead of the Lilywhites clash with Dortmund in the Europa League, Walker said:
“We’ve built a foundation now. We don’t need managers coming and going. He did well at Southampton and he’s come here and done well so he’s proved he’s a very good manager.”
Walker also praised the man management skills of Pochettino, saying:
“His door is always open. You hear players saying that a lot about various managers but with him, it really is true. Whenever you want to talk to him about something, you can knock on his door, even if it’s not about football.
“If you’re having any kind of problems, you can knock on his door, sit, talk, and it just takes the weight off your shoulders, knowing he backs you and knows how you’re feeling. He is a very good man-manager.”
In an attempt to ensure his side are constantly fresh, Pochettino has regularly rotated his side this season, especially his full backs meaning that Walker has often found himself on the bench in Europa and in the domestic cup games.
Speaking of his role in the side so far this season, he said:
“He knows what goes on in your head if you don’t play as much as you want to, and I think everyone in the squad feels equal.
“Whether you’re starting every week or not playing as much as you’d like, he treats you the same. He doesn’t concentrate just on the 11 players who are playing and talk only to them. He’s the same with the whole squad, so everyone feels welcome and part of the team.”
Walker will be hopeful that Spurs can get their Premier League campaign back on track against Aston Villa on Sunday, after their testing trip to play Dortmund on Thursday.