The future of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham has been uncertain all summer, with suggestions that Real Madrid were headhunting the Argentine to replace former head coach Zinedine Zidane in May and again after Julen Lopetegui departed in October.
But an exclusive from The Sun should put an end to speculation, as Pochettino has made it unequivocally clear that he will not be leaving this season. It’s fantastic news for the club, its players and its supporters, but is there now a glass ceiling preventing Tottenham reaching their potential?
After delays with Spurs’ new stadium, a no signing being made over the summer and their struggles in the Champions League, Pochettino recently admitted being at his lowest ebb, saying in October: “We are not showing that level to be a real contender. That is my opinion”.
In May, the 46-year-old was asking Daniel Levy to “be brave” and “take risks” to ensure the club don’t go backwards, but the worst is being realised.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela signed new deals over the summer, but there’s been no progress on Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld. Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League but are staring down the barrel of Champions League elimination after a winless start. They hit a setback every time they appear to take a step forward.
Pochettino said himself that the goalposts have been moved to top-four consolidation, but where can they go from here? Real Madrid will surely hope a glass ceiling could lead the Tottenham manager to seek greener pastures.