Most Tottenham fans would readily agree that the arrival of manager Mauricio Pochettino is the best thing to have happened to their club in decades.
Since his appointment with the North London side in 2014, the Argentinean manager has changed the fortunes of the club. Spurs are yet to win a silverware under Pochettino’s guidance, but they have become a regular in the Champions League. Their constant presence in the premier football competition has opened up revenue streams and has also smoothened the transition to the new 60,000-seater stadium. Furthermore, Spurs also made their presence felt among European elites by reaching their first Champions League final last season.
Another man who can be credited for the Spurs’ success story is club chairman Daniel Levy. He is known to share a very functional relationship with Pochettino, and it wouldn’t be an
exaggeration to say that this relationship has formed the modern Spurs.
Due to his success with Spurs in the last four years, Pochettino keeps getting linked with major European sides regularly. However, he has always held a very loyal stance towards Spurs, and more often than not, he has distanced himself from such rumours. But could there be trouble in paradise?
Pochettino’s recent comments suggest that he is not very happy with the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market. Following his side’s friendly win over Real Madrid, Pochettino claimed that he feels that his job description should get changed from manager to coach because he has no say in transfer decisions.
He said: “I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players. I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them. Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract – I think it is not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and Daniel Levy.
“The club need to change my title and description. Of course, I am the boss deciding the strategic play, but in another area I don’t know. Today, I feel like I am the coach.”
Last summer was a huge disappointment for Spurs fans, and as things stand, things only look slightly better this summer.
Spurs have been linked with numerous players, but they have made only one significant signing in Tanguy Ndombele. The French central midfielder has arrived in a club-record £55m deal from Lyon.
Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier has left Spurs for Atletico Madrid, and it has been suggested that Spurs don’t intend to sign a replacement. Furthermore, the likes of Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen have also been linked with exits.
Understandably, Spurs are working under financial constraints due to their recent move to their new stadium. And Pochettino is a perfect candidate to steer the club through this phase of transition. However, Levy must provide Pochettino with enough ammunition to withhold challenges from reinforced Arsenal and Manchester United sides. If Levy fails to match Pochettino’s ambitions in the market, he would find it hard to keep the Argentine at the club if the likes of Barcelona or Manchester United come knocking at the door.
Spurs finished only a single point ahead of Arsenal last season, and if they don’t bring in more reinforcements, they run the risk of missing out on top-four in 2019/20. And at this stage, it could prove to be catastrophic for Tottenham, both on and off the pitch.