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Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham future in doubt

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Nov 2019

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According to the Daily Telegraph, the future of Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham boss is in major doubt. The report claims that the Argentinian boss has held talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over his future. It even hints a defeat against London rivals, West Ham, this weekend would mean the end of his time in the capital.

Tottenham in terrible form

The club from north London are in terrible form at the minute, despite the high standard of player in the Spurs squad. Pochettino’s team have won just once in their last seven top-flight games.

They have also won just three of their last 12 games in all competitions, two of those wins coming against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. The poor recent run of form has seen Spurs slip to 14th place in the Premier League table, a massive 11 points behind the top-four, where they have been regulars of late.

It is fair to say this season has not gone the way that anybody associated with the club would have liked it to. Things will improve, but their recent run of form suggests that Pochettino and the current group of players are reaching the end of their time together.

Maybe he has stayed too long

In the last five-and-bit years, Mauricio Pochettino has established a reputation as one of the best coaches in the Premier League. On numerous occasions, the 47-year-old has been linked with switches to Real Madrid or Manchester United. However, he remained at Tottenham, despite getting very little financial backing.

He even went 18 months without adding any players to his squad. Whether than was because of financial restrictions or his choice we will never really know. From the outside looking in it seems like he is restricted in players he can sign.

Before last season’s Champions League final, a journalist asked him about his future with Tottenham, if he would quit if they won. He didn’t deny that he would quit if Spurs won Europe’s elite trophy. Maybe he should have quit anyway.

Reaching the Champions League final was always going to be the zenith for Spurs and Pochettino. Despite the Argentinian doing a fantastic job at the north London club, without major investment, they were never going to move on to the next level of winning the Premier League title. They have punched above their financial weight at times by challenging for the title.

Even great managers, which Pochettino is not yet sometimes reach a period at a club where it is just not working out any more. This may just be the case with Pochettino and Tottenham.

Who would be Pochettino’s replacement?

Sacking Pochettino would cost Spurs a fortune and we all know that chairman Daniel Levy hates to spend money. However, if Tottenham fired Pochettino then who would be his likely replacement?

A number of big-name bosses are high in the betting, with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Eddie Howe and Julian Nagelsmann. However, the current favourite for the job is Jose Mourinho at odds of 10/11. The Portuguese boss’ style is completely different from that of Pochettino.

The likes of Howe, Rodgers and Nagelsmann play a style closer to that of the current Spurs boss, which would mean the players would find it easier to adapt. Mourinho to Tottenham would certainly be an interesting one.

It seems from forums and social media that the former Manchester United boss would not be a popular choice amongst Tottenham fans. For now, Mauricio Pochettino is their boss, how long only time will tell.

Is Mauricio Pochettino close to the Tottenham exit?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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