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Will Tottenham hierarchy now back Mauricio Pochettino?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 25 May 2018

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On Thursday, Tottenham announced that boss Mauricio Pochettino had extended his contract with the north London club. The news seems rather strange considering that the Argentinian has recently hinted that the clubs hierarchy would need to invest big money into the squad if they were going to move to the next level. Maybe the Tottenham hierarchy, including chairman Daniel Levy, has agreed to back the Argentine in the transfer market. I highly doubt it though.

Not really backed in the transfer market

Considering the way that Pochettino has developed the team and the number of successful signings he has made, the Spurs hierarchy seem to be unwilling to back the former Espanyol boss in a big way.

Pochettino has overachieved with the financial backing he has received. Spurs have become regulars in the top-four, despite spending nowhere near what some of their top-four rivals have in recent transfer windows.

Last summer Spurs brought in the likes of Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez and Fernando Llorente. However, it could be argued that none of the trio are in the top-class bracket. They also cost less than £100million, while for example, Everton splashed out around £150million.

The club has thrived courtesy of Pochettino’s management skills and ability to spot and develop players. If it was not for the Argentinian, it seems doubtful that the north London club would be challenging for the Champions League spots on a regular basis.

Must buy the next level of player to compete

Tottenham’s hierarchy do not like spending money. While the north London club are overachieving under Pochettino, they seem to be happy to pocket the money that regular Champions League football brings.

However, to challenge for the Premier League title, they need to sign the next level of player. With Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all seemingly prepared to spend vast fortunes for success it will be difficult for Spurs to compete for those top players.

However, that is what must happen if the north London side are to become more than just the bridesmaids. In terms of the football they play, Tottenham are one of the best teams in the English top-flight to watch.

They just seem to run out of steam and the fact that they do not have enough strength in depth is obvious to everybody. If they could somehow sign some top players this summer it would improve their chances of winning the title.

However, if the club decide to keep signing the same level of player, they will never compete for the Premier League title, as their rivals are spending big sums of money to bring in even better players.

Will not win the Premier League next season

Tottenham are odds of 11/1 to win the Premier League title next season, which makes them big outsiders behind the other four teams who finished in the league’s top-five last season.

I cannot see Tottenham winning the title in the near future. It is not due to limitations of the boss, but the clubs owner’s unwillingness or inability to compete will always hold them back.

Pochettino is ambitious and obviously wants to win the big trophies. The Argentinian has the potential to do that during his managerial career. The former Southampton must have received reassurances about financial backing to sign a new deal.

However, looking from afar it seems the clubs hierarchy do not have the same ambition as the clubs boss or fans for that matter. Tottenham are fantastic to watch, have a good boss and about to move into a brand new stadium.

The future seems bright. The only way Spurs can ever challenge their top-five rivals is if the boss has the full backing of the clubs owners. Somehow, I doubt that Levy and co have suddenly found the club wallet behind the back of the sofa. I just cannot see Spurs spending big anytime soon.

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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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