Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to replace Tim Sherwood.
Following a piece I wrote yesterday about Spurs potentially appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, there was a degree of reaction.
One fan under the username 'sheikh352' made a pretty detailed case wondering what all the fuss was about when it came to the Southampton boss, who is the bookies favourite to land the top job at White Hart Lane, and suggested another man who is heavily tipped to be installed in the Spurs hotseat. Here is what they had to say:
"I am still at a loss to see what all the fuss is. There is now so much hype surrounding Pochettino you'd be forgiven for thinking he has found a cure for cancer! When all is said and done, he has had access to the best Academy production line in the whole country. A youth system that regularly turns out superstars, if judged by previous graduates, such as Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and others...even before the Academy was set up, Southampton produced top quality players, such as Matt Le Tissier, Alan Shearer, Mick Channon and Terry Paine. The current crop are no less talented, yet Pochettino has a win ratio, in the Premier League, of less than 39%. In Spain, his record with Espanyol was even worse. A little over 33%. He's never managed a club entered into one of the two major European Cup competitions. He may be good - but the hype surrounding him is ridiculous. If he comes over, the demand for instant results and Champions League qualification will, I predict, lead to Levy looking for yet another manager, within 18 months.
Frank de Boer has the experience, both as a player (and captain) AND as a 4-times title winning coach, who HAS led a team into European competition. He is also schooled in the "Ajax" way, which, for followers of football history, has roots (at least partially) in Tottenham's "push and run" style, developed by Arthur Rowe and translated into "total football" by ex-Spur, Vic Buckingham, who is credited with developing the style for Ajax and for discovering one Johann Cruyff.
The plus for Pochettino is that he speaks the same language as Lamela - and might be able to goad him into showing up...the plusses for de Boer are that he simply WINS and will impose his playing style on every side within the club. In 119 League games, as Ajax coach, FDB has won 78 games, losing only 11 times, for a 65.55% win percentage. Even taking into account European and other competitions, he boasts around 60% win percentage.
It's rare that clubs like Liverpool get to employ a Brendan Rodgers, or Everton, a Roberto Martinez. Those clubs have shown that they are prepared to delay gratification in exchange for building something lasting. FDB gives us the chance to join them (and even go one better). The most technically gifted players we have are Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen - both former charges of FDB. I don't even know why there is still any argument about the right choice for us!"