Talking Cock Session: Daily update on the latest club news and highlights

In our latest update talk cock sessions, we look at the latest club news, Ange Postecoglou, Ruben Amorim, Jason Wilcox, and Tiago Motta gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou has claimed the cash injection from UEFA Champions League qualification is not a priority

Tottenham are in contention to qualify for the competition next season, but Postecoglou said the money from the tournament would not automatically make his team successful and he would not be buying players only interested in playing European football.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has said he is prioritising progress over UEFA Champions League qualification.

Spurs are just two points outside the Premier League top four with a game in hand over fourth-place Aston Villa.

Their current fifth-place position could even be enough for Champions League football next season.

This would give Tottenham a significant cash injection, but Postecoglou claimed this was not a priority when building his squad.

“We’re not banks, we’re football clubs,” he said. “We’re not financial institutions. I don’t get measured by the balance sheet at the end of the year.

“What I’m saying is, Champions League, great. Money is great. Does that mean we’re going to finish third next year? No, it is probably going to be more challenging.

“My role in that is not to worry about the financial pressure of making Champions League, it is to create a squad that hopefully can compete in the Champions League and keep improving in the Premier League.”

Postecoglou added: “How much money you make is not why you get into the Champions League. It is what you do with that money.

“Do you build on it? Do you build a squad or do you say ‘Because we’re in the Champions League next year, we’ll be great”.

“It’s not just about having money, it’s how you spend it. If I have half the money someone else does, if I spend it better then I can still beat them.”

Postecoglou, who became Tottenham’s manager at the start of the season, also said he did not want to bring in players who were only interested in Champions League football.

“I want people who want to come to Tottenham,” he explained. “I don’t want those players [who are swayed by Champions League football] because they don’t want to come to Tottenham, they want to play Champions League.

“I’m looking for a certain type of character. We have had two windows so far and I haven’t had any issues in bringing players I want to this club despite not playing in the Champions League.”

Sporting manager Ruben Amorim admits he cannot guarantee he will be in charge at the club next season

Amorim is contracted with Sporting CP until 2026, but the 39-year-old is reportedly being targeted as a successor to Jurgen Klopp when he departs Liverpool in the summer.

Sporting boss Ruben Amorim admits he “cannot make any guarantees” that he will be a manager at the club next season.

Amorim is reportedly being targeted by Liverpool to become their next manager to succeed Jurgen Klopp when he departs the Merseyside club in the summer after nine years in charge.

“I cannot make any guarantees [that I will stay at Sporting next season],” Amorim, who won the Portuguese league title with Sporting in the 2020-21 season, told reporters on Friday.”

“Sporting is dealing with their future and I can’t decide now because I gave my word, I can’t go back on that, so if I don’t win trophies, I’m going to leave Sporting.”

“That’s been very clear since the start. I felt it was important to get that across to the players because we have to win. We want to win trophies and we’ll decide on those things later.

“I’m not worried about that right now. The future has been planned for quite a long time. We’re all together as a club and looking into all situations and what we want for next season, so that’s the main reason why I can’t guarantee anything.”

“I said that to my players and as the leader I can’t go back on my word, as hard as that may be. We have to win trophies, we’re on track to do that and that’s why it’s so important to win our next game.”

United are closing in on the appointment of Jason Wilcox as Southampton prepare for his departure

Manchester United’s behind-the-scenes rebuild continues, with Jason Wilcox’s move to Old Trafford is gaining steam.

The director of football at Southampton is wanted by Sir Jim Ratcliffe as he looks to build a new backroom team for next season.

Southampton manager Russell Martin has admitted that Jason Wilcox is on the brink of sealing his exit to join Manchester United.

Saints’ director of football has been targeted by United, who are overhauling their structure since the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team.

United have poached Omar Berrada from rivals Manchester City to become their new chief executive and are also chasing Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth to become the new sporting director.

Wilcox is being lined up to take the role of technical director, working underneath Ashworth, but the way they have gone about it angered Southampton.

The Championship side were frustrated by the approach for the 53-year-old, who only joined Saints from Manchester City last summer but is keen on the move.

There had been some pushback, with Southampton insisting Wilcox did not have a release clause and couldn’t be taken at a key juncture in their bid to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

But while there remain areas to iron out, Martin has now accepted that Wilcox is on his way out.

Manchester United is considering Bologna manager Thiago Motta as a replacement for Erik ten Hag

One potential replacement for Erik ten Hag could be Bologna manager Thiago Motta.

The former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has impressed with his 2-7-2 tactical approach.

Manchester United may yet make a move for Bologna manager and former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta,” the report begins.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has doubts about Erik ten Hag’s managerial ability, having watched the Dutchman’s side crash out of the Champions League group stages and fall out of the running for a Premier League top-four finish. United could end the weekend as many as 14 points away from fourth-placed Aston Villa.

The new United hierarchy has already earmarked England manager Gareth Southgate as a possible candidate, while Ratcliffe is also an admirer of ex-Chelsea boss Graham Potter.

However, Motta has also caught the eye of the Red Devils – and he would bring one of the most unique playing styles in modern football to Old Trafford.

United are one of the 41-year-old’s biggest admirers. The Brazilian has attracted a lot of attention with his unique ‘2-7-2’ formation.