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#HearMeOut – Pochettino to still be Spurs manager at the end of the season

Dean Smith 08 Oct 2019
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino (PA Images)

Paddy Power are offering a host of Mauricio Pochettino specials and our Spurs-supporting editor thinks you have to back the Argentina to still be at the club at the end of the season. Here’s why.

The game has gone hasn’t it?

Growing up a Spurs fan in the 1990s and 2000s wasn’t exactly an easy experience. To make matters worse I lived in Greater Manchester, surrounded by supporters of the nearby and hugely successful Manchester United, mocking at every turn.

Then, just to rub salt into the wounds, Manchester City, the other local Premier League side, became an overnight success thanks to some heavy financial investment. All of a sudden there was another raft of people to mock Spurs.

Although before Mauricio Pochettino there were brief moments of joy – the 2008 League Cup win, the fourth placed finish under Harry Redknapp, the occasional wins over United, City and of course Arsenal, it wasn’t until the Argentinian arrived that I was truly, truly proud to support Spurs.

And we may not have won any trophies under him (yet), while all of those clubs have added to their considerable trophy cabinets during his tenure, but we’ve had a team to be proud of.

A team that has finished in the top four for four consecutive seasons. A team that has reached a Champions League final. A team that has provided unforgettable wins over the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund in Europe and plenty of others domestically.

I’m not blind enough to think that results in recent weeks have been good enough, but are we going to forget the progression that this club has enjoyed under Pochettino that so many others before him failed to deliver on the back of one run of bad results?

Plus, what are the alternatives? Is Jose Mourinho going to come and work under the most notoriously tight-fisted chairman in the league? Is Massimiliano Allegri going to come to North London given the amount of elite level jobs that are likely to open up this season?

Perhaps some of our fan’s expectations are too high. Perhaps they think our stock is higher than it is. Which elite manager is going to join a club that haven’t won any trophies for over 10 years, with relatively low transfer spend available and with a raft of key players coming to the end of their contracts?

I’m hoping that Daniel Levy can see that Pochettino has been in this position once before, when he first joined the club and he took us to the brink of glory. He needs to freshen up the squad and implement a new long-term plan – but I know personally that I trust ‘Poch’ to do that more than any of the alternatives replacements.

Equally though, I’m aware that both performances and results have to improve in the coming weeks, along with what appears to be a fractured team spirit.

I have faith that Pochettino can deliver this. If he can hang on until January and rid the squad of some of the ‘bad apples’ that seem to be letting the team down at the moment, there should still be enough quality for the Lilywhites to get this campaign back on track.

Daniel Levy knows that any of the managers he is likely to be able to attract to the club should Pochettino be sacked would represent a risk – and taking risks with the investment he has made to this point does not strike me as something he would be willing to do.

As for the manager himself, all of the noises he has made in the press of late indicate that he isn’t going anywhere soon, meaning 13/8 for him to stay until the end of the campaign at least seems like decent value to us.

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#HearMeOut – Pochettino to still be Spurs manager at the end of the season

Paddy Power are offering a host of Mauricio Pochettino specials and our Spurs-supporting editor thinks you have to back the Argentina to still be at the club at the end of the season. Here’s why. The game has gone hasn’t it? Growing up a Spurs fan in the 1990s and 2000s wasn’t exactly an easy…