Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino but Spurs must take heed of Brendan Rodgers’ success at Liverpool in direct contrast with David Moyes’ failure at Manchester United.
If Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board had reservations over how to proceed with the club under new manager Mauricio Pochettino they need look no further than their Premier League rivals this term Manchester United and Liverpool.
In those two clubs, Spurs have the most apt demonstration of how to usher in a new era and how not to in Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes. Liverpool brought the former in at Anfield from Swansea in the summer of 2012 and the Reds finished out the 2012/13 season, his debut term in charge on Merseyside, seventh in the Premier League.
The Northern Irishman spent much of the two transfer windows that term and the two that followed it this term, effectively undoing the bad business left over from the previous regimes, offloading expensive flops, developing and working hard with the players available to him and bringing in bargain buys such as £12 million Daniel Sturridge and the £7 million Philippe Coutinho and getting them performing, along with Luis Suarez, like world beaters this term.
But, crucially, it took time – just one season effectively – to get the Reds vying for the Premier League title, which, a Steven Gerrard slip aside, was very nearly theirs for the taking. Is that what Tottenham ought to be aiming for? Most certainly.
Meanwhile, over at Old Trafford, Manchester United brought in David Moyes to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge and the ‘chosen one’ lasted just 11 months in the job. There are numerous and varying reasons for the Scot’s failure at the former Premier League champions but there are many, including his backroom staff, and United-associated pundits who believe he was treated unfairly by the club and should have been given more time.
Manchester United finished seventh in the Premier League, incidentally, as Liverpool had done the previous term but instead of waiting to see what Moyes could achieve with another summer window, another season to install his system and style, the club axed him and now they bring in Louis van Gaal.
Tottenham have seen 11 managers in 10 years and not one of them, especially the likes of Villas-Boas and Harry Redknapp were given quite the optimum time to impose themselves on the club. Redknapp got two and half years before the whispers and the pressure started emerging and he was sacked after three and half years in charge, replaced by Villas-Boas who was given just one year before he was ousted.
Spurs need to adopt the Liverpool approach; Daniel Levy needs to take the example of John W Henry at Liverpool who has backed the new manager even when things weren’t looking so great initially.
If Mauricio Pochettino is to succeed at Spurs and see out the length of his five-year contract and perhaps beyond it, Levy needs to back off, trust the manager to manage the football and the team and let him get on with it through sunshine and rain.