Inside Lane: It’s far too early to put pressure on Pochettino at Spurs
12:00 29 October 2014
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Tottenham blogger Henry Tribe believes Spurs fans should be patient with Mauricio Pochettino, despite the disappointing start to the Premier League campaign.
Patience. We’re not very good at it as Spurs fans but that’s exactly what we need after a difficult start to the season which was made worse by throwing away a 1-0 lead at home to a pretty terrible Newcastle team on Sunday.
The problem has been the home form - losing three home games before the start of November is unheard of at the Lane and quite rightly we deserve and expect better.
The solution, however, is not to get rid of the manager. After Sunday’s game we started to hear the first grumblings from the usually rational and responsible social media (insert sarcasm here) that Mauricio Pochettino might not be the right man for the job, and Daniel Levy should do what he does best and get out the P45.
But what would that solve? The problems at Spurs don’t lie with the manager, they lie with an average squad which lacks any star quality and no leadership on the pitch.
Pochettino isn’t a bad manager. In fact, with what he’s done in Spain and by taking a relegation-threatened Southampton team to the brink of Europe, he’s actually a pretty decent manager.
So was AVB, and Tim Sherwood had his moments of brilliance as a coach. None of them, however, have been able to match the achievements of Harry Redknapp, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
Over the past four years, Levy has dismantled a Champions League squad full of stars like Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale and turned it into an average squad for whom competing in the top six of the Premier League is a genuine achievement.
The 2010-11 season was the time to invest - add one or two more real top-quality players and we could have been on a title charge. Instead Levy was cautious, and it has cost us dearly.
Pochettino has to be given time to work with the squad he’s got and get the best out of them. We’re all fed up of transitional seasons and every time Levy sacks a manager, we slip further behind.
Stability is what we need - this season and every season. I hope the new head coach was given a five-year contract for a reason.
That’s not to say Pochettino is blameless. He needs to address the defensive issues urgently: Younes Kaboul shouldn’t be captain and needs to be dropped, Eric Dier needs taking out of the limelight at right-back and in January we need to invest in a leader with top-level experience in central defence and central midfield.
It’s telling just how much we’re missing Michael Dawson’s leadership on the pitch and his willingness to die for the cause.
But let’s all agree to be positive - we might be three points off the relegation places, but we’re also three points off Arsenal in fifth. It’s all to play for. COYS!
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