Date: 16th June 2019 at 6:10pm
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Mauricio Pochettino has turned Tottenham from a team who flirt with the idea of becoming a top four side, to Champions League finalists who expect to challenge for the title every season.

Before Pochettino arrived, Spurs had managed fourth place in the league just twice since 1990, and no higher.

Since the Argentine’s arrival, he has guided the club to a run of fifth, third, second, third, and fourth – unprecedented for a Spurs manager.

He has also led them to a League Cup final, two FA Cup semi-finals and a Champions League final.

What’s more, perhaps his greatest legacy aside from the European run will be his relentless ability to bring through and/or improve player after player – Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth – the list goes on.

Despite criticism that he has failed to win a trophy, it is undeniable that Pochettino has brought success to the club in a way in which most Spurs fans have never seen before.

However, it is easy to confuse Pochettino solidifying Tottenham as a big European side, and an inability to continue that success once he leaves.

Pochettino was linked with both Manchester United and Juventus and speculation about his future was fuelled prior to the Champions League final when he refused to pledge his commitment to Spurs.

This has led to many Spurs fans panicking over the state of their club if Pochettino were to call it a day after five seasons at the north London club.

But when you look at the wider picture, Pochettino will leave behind a club with all the ingredients necessary to build on his work.

A club with Champions League pedigree, financial stability, a state-of-the-art new stadium, and a young squad that the fans have a real love for.

What Pochettino has built at Spurs extends beyond one man’s philosophy – he has created a positive mentality at the club in stark contrast to the negative odour Arsene Wenger left at Arsenal.

It remains to be seen what Pochettino’s legacy at Spurs is, but he could end up having had a similar impact to what Jose Mourinho had at Chelsea after his first spell there – albeit trophyless in Poch’s case – in the sense that the team’s success continues to grow after his regime.

Whoever the first star is to leave Tottenham – whether it’s Poch, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen – Spurs fans must remember that the club’s meteoric rise under Pochettino is unlike the successes previous, like when Gareth Bale was there, or under Martin Jol and Harry Redknapp.

Pochettino, along with Daniel Levy, has built something at Spurs which can compete with Europe’s elite, and they’re here to stay.

 
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4 Replies to “Pochettino leaving would be irrelevant to Tottenham’s future success – opinion”

  • It would be arrogant to assume thatTottenham would just continue in the same vein if Pochettino were to leave. We have witnessed just how turbulent a footballing club’s path can take without the belief inspired by a strong manager. You only have to look at the decline of Manchester Utd to understand just how important the right guidance is. And for me at this juncture Spurs are only really beginning to build that something special. Without Pochettino, Levy doesn’t have the footballing vision to grow this club in the manner it has under the Argentinian and to halt that now would be utterly and unbelievably stupid. Rather than that it’s time for Levy to back Mauricio in the transfer market and drive the club forward with the aim of taking titles and trophies, anything less is a cop out!

  • Seconded. We need the glory days of the Archibald, Villa, Ardiles, Crooks, Houghton, Falcao back. That was Spurs!

  • The point is that the changes that have been made at Spurs will outlast the manager, the chairman and most of the current fan base. If you think about Arsenal they are having a tough time at the moment. But the extra income from building their stadium is still there. It only takes the right manager, maybe Emery, maybe his successor, to get the wage bill and the recruitment under control and they can quickly rebuild. Any club has good and bad times, successful and unsuccessful managers. But the biggest clubs always have the finance and the fanbase to come back. What Levy has done is make us one of those clubs. I’m not sure what “grow the club” actually means, I’m not sure Pez does either. The size of a club is defined by its fanbase and finances. That’s not going to change much no matter how successful Pochettino is. So how exactly is he growing the club ?

  • If his holiness the Potch does leave our noble spurs then we simply hire Erik Ten Haag of Ajax. It will not be the end of the world, especially now that Potch is drifting away from giving our youth players a chance.

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