Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has established himself as one of the brightest young coaches in the Premier League, if not Europe in the last few seasons. The sacking of Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has once again seen the Argentinian linked with a return to La Liga. Pochettino is currently odds of 10/3 to be named as the next permanent Los Blancos boss.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is similar odds, while current interim boss Santiago Solari has emerged as the favourite to get the job on a full-time basis.
Must be frustrated at Spurs
Pochettino has always spoken to the media in a way in which he backs the clubs owners in the way they run the club. However, a recent statement by the Argentinian suggests that he is starting to feel frustrated at Spurs.
The former Espanyol boss has done an excellent job at creating a very competitive team at the north London club. This has been enough for top four finishes and flirtations with the title.
The problem with Pochettino is that his rivals have far bigger budgets available to strengthen their squads. He has fought against all odds to keep Tottenham competitive, yet it is hard to see Spurs as potential title challengers in the near future.
Standing still at Spurs
Pochettino is no doubt a top coach and he is doing the best he can with the players at his disposal. However, Spurs have stood still in the last 12 months. The north London club were the only Premier League club not to sign a player in the summer.
When other clubs were strengthening their squads, Tottenham fans were wondering where their reinforcements were, and they were not signing players. Pochettino must have been wondering where the clubs backing was this summer.
The Argentinian has spent £29million net over his four years at Tottenham, which by the standards of top Premier League clubs is chicken feed. Most of the top Premier League clubs would not bat an eyelid spending that much on one player, never mind over four seasons.
Tottenham are still likely to challenge for the top four this season. However, they are no closer to moving to the next level of winning the Premier League title. The title is never easy to win, but it feels like the Tottenham hierarchy have no ambitions to win the title, but are just happy with their team challenging for the top-four. The hierarchy at arch-rivals Arsenal were the same until the club slipped out of the top four and veteran boss Arsene Wenger left the club.
Pochettino will get top job one day
For me, Pochettino will get a top job one day where he will be able to challenge for the big trophies. Tottenham is a good job, but the way the club is managed means it’s only a stepping stone for ambitious bosses who want to make it to the top of the European game.
Pochettino has already stated that he will never manage Barcelona, due to his connections to Espanyol, so Real Madrid is the Argentinian’s next likely destination if he is looking to move up to the real contenders in the European game.
However, I do not believe he will be the European champions next boss, as the reports from Spain seem to suggest that the club hierarchy favour Solari and Conte ahead of the Tottenham boss.
It would be highly surprising if Pochettino stayed at Tottenham for much longer, as the team seems to have reached its ceiling. He is a great coach, but he is up against it to turn Tottenham into champions on shoestring budget by Premier League standards, which is why he will have to move on to fulfil his managerial ambitions.
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