Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tottenham could lose Pochettino this summer

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 15 May 2018

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I recently wrote an article about how the Tottenham should back boss Mauricio Pochettino in the transfer market so that the highly-rated Argentinian could take Spurs to the next level.

Well, it seems I was of the same mind as Pochettino himself, as there are now plans set for the Spurs boss to discuss increasing his transfer budget with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham is a business

The north London club has been very wary about attempting to compete with some of their rivals when it comes to big money signings. However, if they are to keep their talented boss, then the club may have to give the boss what he needs to succeed.

It sounds stupid to say that Tottenham are run as a business, as most football clubs are run as businesses these days. However, what I mean by that is that unlike rivals, they attempt to balance their books. They do not spend silly amounts of money on players. Although the silly amount of money on French midfielder Moussa Sissoko is probably not a great advertisement for spending big on players.

From the outside looking in, it seems that the Spurs hierarchy are happy with just finishing top-four every season. Finishing top-four in the top-flight is a big achievement considering the amount of money spent by the big clubs in the Premier League.

However, the team’s boss has big ambitions, as do the Spurs fans, and rightly so. Pochettino wants the club to give more so they can get more back in the shape of trophies and a rise in profile.

Linked with a move to Chelsea

It now seems almost inevitable that Chelsea’s Italian boss Antonio Conte will leave the club this summer. The former Juventus boss’ has seemed unhappy in the job for much of the Premier League campaign.

According to Sky Sports, if as expected Conte leaves Chelsea this summer, Pochettino is one of the bosses that the Blues would like to replace the Italian. That news comes as little surprise.

Pochettino has built a big reputation for himself at Spurs by challenging for the title on a far smaller budget than most of the other teams in the top-six. However, it is his coaching and style of play that has impressed most.

Most top teams would be interested in employing Pochettino if he was available this summer. He is one of the best up and coming young coaches in the European game.

Chelsea have a history of going through bosses like a knife through butter. However, the Blues would give Pochettino far bigger resources to work with when it comes to signing players and wages.

They could not offer Champions League football for next season. Nevertheless, with money to spend and a good squad of players, the Blues job may seem an attractive proposition to Pochettino, who came into Spurs and tidied up a mess.

The Argentinian is now odds of 7/1 to be the next Chelsea boss, with only Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique shorter odds for the job.

Pochettino can be a truly top boss

Mauricio Pochettino has shown in his managerial career so far that he has the raw ingredients to be a truly top boss. At the moment he is just a very good boss, as he yet to win a trophy in English football.

Nevertheless, if he has the resources and the players to work with, I do believe he could develop into a boss that wins trophies at the highest level of European football.

If Tottenham do not act quickly and back him in the transfer market, then they could be facing a fight to keep their talented boss this summer.

Will Mauricio Pochettino still be the Tottenham boss next season?


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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