The Tottenham Hotspur boss is very insistent on doing things 'his way.' But could a little more flexibility do a great deal for the Argentine?
No, what the Argentine is in danger of doing is backing himself into a corner and creating a 'me vs the world' mentality.
In the cases of both Sherwood and AVB, of course, that did lead to the sack but, for now, getting Tottenham back on the right track is still a possibility for Pochettino and the Spurs coach's main aim.
“It’s my job. I am calm, I know which is my way, how we need to manage our players and our squad," Pochettino told reporters recently when discussing the subject of criticism.
“It’s true that we need to get results, that’s the most important thing but we have a clear way, a clear philosophy.”
But saying things like that, if the 42-year-old goes through the history books, is a risky game to play in north London.
Both during his time at Chelsea and Tottenham, Villas-Boas went on and on about a 'philosophy.' It is difficult to defend that philosophy, though, when your players aren't buying into it. Sherwood, too, was adamant he did things the right way and the only way he would ever do things. Must Pochettino really go down the same path?
There is no reason at all the Argentine can't have a good season at White Hart Lane. But rigidity in the face of every problem that faces you isn't going to help achieve that.
Why not show a little flexibility, a little connection with the fans? After all, making just a couple of small changes could do a great deal for Pochettino in the grand scheme of things.