Mauricio Pochettino was more or less unprompted when he questioned his own future to reporters, according to Tom Collomosse.
The Evening Standard reporter said this wasn’t a one-off comment from Poch in the heat of the moment after the game against United. He said the below quote twice; once in interviews with broadcasters, and again in a press conference for newspapers:
“Tottenham need more time, with me or another.”
Obviously, that has led to an increasing number of reports that the manager could be off sooner rather than later. At the moment, the club are not too concerned with a new contract likely to be offered in the next few weeks, Collomosse believes. But until then, uncertainty could possibly cause some instability.
The semi-final defeat last season to Chelsea led to no loss of focus. The wins were defiantly comprehensive. A 1-0 win against Crystal Palace four days later led to wins against Arsenal, United, and thrashings of Leicester and Hull. The only blot on the copybook was the defeat to West Ham.
We should really be expecting the same this season. This time there are fewer games to play before the end of the campaign so the top four should be tied up in no time at all. Yet, there are more question marks this time around.
Players are said to be disconcerted by Poch’s remarks. With stars having decided to commit to the club on lower wages because of the connection they have with Argentinian, there is some genuine concern that things are more likely to go wrong than in last season’s run-in.
With that being said, home games against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester with just one away fixture West Brom left, it really is best fixture list we could hope for.
I’m probably just being very jumpy following a poor recent run of results, but combined with speculation over the manager, I just want to get the top four finish sewn up as soon as possible. We can then re-assess in the summer where we go from here.