A lot has changed in a short span of time for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham. The Argentinean manager has made a huge impact since arriving at the club in 2014. He has made the North London side a regular in Champions League football and even guided them to the European final in January.
However, almost four months later, his position at the club is under huge scrutiny. Spurs have made a less-than-impressive start to the league season, and their bid for the league title seemed to have gotten over even before it started. Furthermore, the latest defeat to League Two side Colchester United in League Cup has suggested that all is not right between Pochettino and his players.
Following the penalty-shootout defeat to Colchester, Pochettino blamed his players for playing with different agendas. His comments were arguably aimed at the likes of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, who all are likely to leave the club next summer. Apparently, his comments haven’t gone down well with Spurs players, who seemed to think that the Spurs manager is the one with an agenda.
Tottenham did bounce back with an inspiring 2-1 home win over Southampton, whilst playing more than half of the game with ten men. However, it doesn’t change the fact that they haven’t won an away league game since January. And as things stand, they have collected just 11 points from their seven league games – which puts them significantly behind the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Replacement already identified?
As things stand, it looks more and more likely that the ongoing season could be Pochettino’s last at the club. Furthermore, the latest reports have suggested that Spurs have already start looking for a potential successor. A report has suggested that chairman Daniel Levy has identified England manager Gareth Southgate as the number 1 target to replace Pochettino. Southgate has a lot of experience working with English players at Tottenham, and hence, he could be an apt appointment.
Regardless of how the situation unfolds at Tottenham, it is hardly arguable that Pochettino has made a huge impact during his time there. He has made a lot of admirers with his achievements, and he is not likely to be short on offers if he becomes available for a new project.
Pochettino not likely to be short on offers
Manchester United and Real Madrid have been consistently linked with the Argentine manager. The Sun has already reported that United are considering making a move for him. United are even prepared to pay a buy-out clause worth £32m for him.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) September 26, 2019
Like Tottenham, United have also made an underwhelming start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. For now, Solksjaer’s position is safe, but if United’s results don’t improve there is a high possibility of the Norwegian getting a mid-season sack.
The same can be said about Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who is really struggling in his second managerial stint with the club.