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Opinion: The Pitfalls Of Hiring Pochettino
By Harry Hotspur -

Mauricio Pochettino appears to be wasting no time in bouncing back, with Manchester United and even Arsenal being linked as possible destinations for Tottenham Hotspur’s most recently dismissed manager.

Only a few weeks have passed, yet it’s clear from the Argentine’s deeds and words that Mauricio doesn’t feel that he’s acting with an indecent haste.

It was reported that Poch refused to resign from his post at Spurs, when Daniel Levy offered him a more dignified way out.

Jose Mourinho was announced as the new man within 24 hours of Poch getting the boot.

Fair conclusions that can be drawn here are that Mauricio’s departure was on the cards for considerable period of time, one doesn’t appoint someone of the calibre of Jose Mourinho on the hoof.

Spurs were in a state of paralysis all season, and so either negotiations for a successor were protracted, or Pochettino was hanging on for dear life.

Given the 47-year-old’s extremely brief period of wound licking, my money is on Poch feeling that he has a point to prove.

Which is an ambitious outlook, considering he failed to win anything at Tottenham, despite having been given five and a half years to do so.

The concerns with Pochettino are painfully obvious, his departure from Espanyol was pretty much identical to his end of days at Spurs.

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Which begs the question, is this a football manager that boasts a ‘willingness to learn’ amongst his skill sets?

The problem that Man United and Arsenal both have, is that neither of them have the time or patience for long winded tales of philosophy or rebuilding.

Normal, big clubs, demand to be on the right side of the key metric for professional sports – which is winning.

United has already tried the honest builder type, in David Moyes. It didn’t work.

Arsenal are learning the hard way that they too need to employ a man who knows how to manage a big club.

Last week, it was Moyes that became the favourite to replace Marco Silva at Everton.

And so, we may have inadvertently discovered where Mauricio Pochettino’s place is, in the Premier League food chain.

If I were the owner of a genuinely big club, Mauricio wouldn’t be on my shortlist. There’s nothing there to even suggest he knows how to win.

Indeed, for a manager so frequently lauded as being ‘magic’, it’s been quite startling how perked up a number of our players have become since his departure.

Nobody wishes Pochettino ill, but it might be an idea if has a convincing answer for the following interview question, at least:

“What will you do to prevent a repeat of the despair that surrounded your final months and weeks at both Espanyol and Tottenham?”

Right now, I don’t believe he’s actually considered it.

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42 responses to “Opinion: The Pitfalls Of Hiring Pochettino”

  1. East Stand says:

    Poch was given five and a half years, 7th highest wage budget, 17th highest net spend and no home ground for two of those 5 years.

    Yet he got us to our first ever Champions League final, our highest ever Premier League positions and consistent top 4. All this while playing a brand of football that was very easy on the eye.

    Unlike some bed wetters out there, i couldn’t give a monkeys that Lucas Moura was sulking under Poch etc.

    Levy has allowed one of the best coaches in the world to go to a rival through his pig headed nonsense and should step down…

    • Lord Croker says:

      East Stand I get it but no one will toast to that in a few years. A Champions league final that became a farce. Time for change.

      • East Stand says:

        Even getting to the final was miraculous with no home ground and 7th wage bill. How many finals have Spurs been to? Will it really be forgotten in the club’s achievements when ENIC have won 1 League Cup in 20 years? I don’t think so, it was a high watermark…

    • Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

      Should have backed the damn manager

    • Macandrew says:

      Why didn’t we win the league 2015/2016 Season when we finished 2nd to Leicester? He did really well without winning any trophies and he’s probably one of the biggest sulks as a manager I can remember, and I remember a lot of easy on the eye, sideways to sideways passing and an inability to breakdown so called inferior opposition. We will see how good a coach he is when he goes to his next club. COYS

      • East Stand says:

        We will, we’ll also see how Jose gets on with this stale, neglected squad as well. I don’t think Jose is going to work out, I honestly be happy if it does because I love the club before any manager. I just don’t see Jose having the desired effect…

  2. Tappaspur says:

    If I’m buying Tottenham I’d buy Joe’s bit and leave levy with the rest. Keep doing what your doing Daniel but leave the money for the FOOTBALL TEAM to me.

  3. Dan says:

    Looks like we aren’t getting Fernandes. Who should we go after ? Or what position? I’m thinking defensive mid is the priority now , fullbacks?

  4. Tappaspur says:

    Was asked a great question. In the 20 seasons levy has been here how many of the 20 teams were good enough to win the league with the right manager? Not a few. But hey that was then.

    • Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

      None mate when you look at who the competition was….. If kane went back in time and played with modric bale van der vaart defoe etc then that team would have been good enough… And maybe pochs team a couple years back with two or three quality additions… The sad truth is there has always been far superior teams than us…. In levys 20 years… None…

      • Tappaspur says:

        Pep klopp or Jose woulda won something with one of arry or pochs teams I reckon. Jose woulda won it this season of poch didn’t f up at the beginning 😂

        • Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

          Would they have though? Would have the same problems with levy always leaving the team short.. Would still have had erikson etc in those finals… Redknapps team was very good, but contending against abromivichs and man city riches… Klopp impresses me far more than pep or jose.. When you got the likes of messi ronaldo ibra lewendoski drogba etc and spend billions at the very top clubs, thats why pep and jose have won the most..

          • Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

            A pot maybe…. But not the league.. Poch favoured comps and threw away games which infuriated me… Dortmund in the ropey was the worst for me.. He got us to two finals though and our boys were pathetic. They have to stand up and be counted the likes of erikson and dele have been top bottlers so far..

            • Likklebigga says:

              Agreed. Stark difference between us and the winners over the last 5 years however good we’ve looked at points

          • Likklebigga says:

            Can’t say they wouldn’t have won something but they were never the best team in the league

  5. Marbella Spur says:

    Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer!

  6. Marbella Spur says:

    Not a bad idea, but if you are the new owner, would you want Levy interfering? I would want shot of him completely.

    • Tappaspur says:

      He’d be fun. I’d take his calls, sometimes 😂 he knows the inner workings of football clubs. I’d have to keep him close.

    • Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

      I would have levy in control of the business side, but not the footballing side.. No buying players, or selling or telling players their contracts wont be renewed (rose).. Leave managing, scouting, transfer duties to the appropriate staff.. Every club signs the odd dud or two, but levy signs far too many

  7. Marbella Spur says:

    Poch knew the team needed changing and in order to do this, Levy needed to sell some players to balance the books. So in his infinite wisdom, he valued Eriksen at 150 mill, Toby at 75 mill and Dembele at 30 mill. Net result, he sold Dembele for approx. 12 mill and Eriksen will walk on a free. Toby might or might not stay, but either way, he has no resale value. The list of players that Spurs could have bought over the years at reasonable transfer prices is too long to recount, but suffice to say, Levy’s legendary business skills have not extended to his attempts to play football manager. I truly believe that the club will be sold. Lewis is 82 and he and Levy will swan off into the sunlight with fistfuls of Wonga, leaving behind Levy’s track record of eleven managers and one trophy during his tenure. Meanwhile, we remain anchor tenants.

    • Tappaspur says:

      Or Levy came up with those valuations to scare the vultures off. If only he’d of paid them players the wages to match the valuations maybe he wouldn’t be in this mess which must be killing him😂😂😂

  8. Tappaspur says:

    Gooners down in the dumps. How appt. I’m killing dem wid it 🎼no future no future no future for you😁 love the pistols.

  9. Eddie says:

    Fair points made in this case,although no doubt Poch lovers will castigate you for those opinions.
    From what I understand from the clauses in his release he stands to lose a lot if not all of his payoff if he joins another PL club this season.Although if Levy was of a mind to sack him for what was ultimately his failure,it shouldn’t worry him to see him join another PL side.

    • Steve KillerCushion Williams says:

      Poch has recently said hes had 10 days off now hes open to ALL offers.. If it was in his contract at all then probably he wasnt allowed to leave spurs for another prem club.. Being sacked, or walking of his own accord are two very different scenarios.. Interesting that levy asked poch to walk before he sacked him

  10. DannyG says:

    I hear we are too be sold in the summer to the Middle Eastern Sovereign State. They will wipe out our debt. We could finally be punching our weight in the transfer market soon. FFP mean there is no chance to dominate the transfer market like City or Chelsea once did, but we’ll be able to keep our best players and compete financially with the top dogs… I hope it’s true!

  11. Is Gascoigne gonna have a crac says:

    It was written all over the players faces that recent events have been long known. I fully expect the Amazon series was sealed with the knowledge Mourinho was coming in. Maurice knew he was not going to be around much longer since last season, he took the cash and played along. All makes for great TV and PR, and that’s what it’s all about…….that and top 4 money.