Pochettino has Backing of Former Spurs Manager
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has come under fire from various sources after the club’s poor start to the season. A number of factors have been blamed but some fans and pundits are beginning to feel that the Argentine has taken Spurs as far as he can.
Pochettino could be forgiven for feeling that he has few friends at the moment but one man who has delivered his backing is the manager’s predecessor. Harry Redknapp believes that Mauricio is very much the man for the job and he’s also backed Spurs to finish in third place at the end of the season.
For the Chop?
In the Next Manager to Leave his Post betting market – affectionately known as the Sack Race – Pochettino is the third favourite at best industry odds of 5/1 with 888Sport. Not surprisingly, struggling Everton boss Marco Silva is the market leader at Even Money with SportingBet while Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is next at 5/2 with Betway.
There are some Spurs fans who might be tempted to take Poch at that 5/1 price but former boss Harry Redknapp isn’t among them.
Speaking to Sportsmail, Redknapp said:
At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer.
Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son – I thought this could be their year.
But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.
They’ve got the best stadium in the country, the best training ground. It’s all in place. They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t. You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management.
If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep or Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. It’s about the players. He] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.
It certainly looks to be a ringing endorsement but there could be two sides to some of Harry’s arguments. While it’s true that Guardiola or Klopp couldn’t step into Brighton or Norwich City and turn them into top six clubs overnight, having the best stadium in the division doesn’t mean you’re going to win trophies and finish in the top four if your players are underperforming.
The clearer message is that a team doesn’t become a poor one overnight and while one or two of our players may be getting past their sell by date, there is some undoubted quality in the ranks and the hope that they can soon start to turn things around.
That turnaround needs to start quickly and Spurs have what looks to be a must-win game against Watford on Saturday. One more loss wouldn’t necessarily define a season but when we look at the Hornets’ start to the 2019/20 campaign, we begin to get a little clearer context.
Watford are bottom of the Premier League and the trigger-happy owners have ensured that the club are already on their second manager of the season. They have just three points from eight games, are without a win and their goal difference of -16 is the worst in the top two divisions. Spurs simply cannot slip up and anything less than a victory will put enormous pressure on Mauricio Pochettino – irrespective of what Harry Redknapp and others might think.