Mauricio Pochettino has expanded his repertoire of unusual analogies to explain why uncertainty about his future is more likely to get players involved in Tottenham.
Dele Alli has signed a new long-term contract with Spurs this week, and it's clear the club is hopeful. Christian Eriksen will follow soon.
These developments come at a time when it is reasonably asked if the Argentine coach wants to get the club as far as he can. It was Pochettino himself who had fueled the story when he spoke of his frustration over the delays in Tottenham's stadium train and associated spending restrictions last week.
There is uncertainty regarding the future of Mauricio Pochettino in the face of the interest of Real Madrid
It would not be a big step to believe that the leaders of the club could be disturbed by a whisper from the outside with their coach, Real Madrid, but Pochettino sees things differently.
"It's like our girlfriend or wife," he said. "If you're like that, go down Regent Street (holding hands) and she's so proud of you because another woman is looking at you. Your wife is not worried, but is happy to be with you, to be in love with you.
"If nobody looks at you, your wife says, maybe she's better with another guy."
The quirky analogies become a subject in Pochettino's briefings, with his talk of cows and trains in September and a Friday comparison between his club and a boat approaching a port, images from nearby Tottenham near Silverware.
Pochettino claimed on Friday that they were "very close" to this breakthrough, but it is perfectly justified to wonder if he will continue to take responsibility as the club's transition to a new stadium limits spending.
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It will be interesting to see how Spurs tackles the January market, after no one signed in the summer.
"We have to be careful how we finish in January," said Pochettino. "It's not a window where you can do many things and do not affect the dynamics of the team and the group.
"If you are fine and you arrive in January, nobody will change too much. But the teams that are not that good maybe change 10 players. Ten out ten in. Because they have to unleash the momentum. We always have to know what happens when we arrive. Do we have the ability to fix problems or can we do it the same way? It always happens like that. "
Tottenham meets on Saturday night for Wolves with the unusually late kick-off time of 19.45 for a Saturday game.
"On a Saturday at 19:30, I usually sit on my sofa with my dog Sansa and watch the Spanish league or France," said Pochettino. "It's going to be weird for my dog, not me." Where's my dad? "She'll say, she's beautiful and I'm in love with her."