When the international break is over, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio may have just two weeks to save his job.
Pochettino’s side were poor against Stoke over the weekend as they fell to a fourth defeat after a Europa League game this season and have now lost more home games in the Premier League than any other team.
For some clubs the international break has come at a bad time, for Tottenham it’s probably more needed than a centre forward in January.
Spurs have the chance to regroup and Pochettino can assess what’s going wrong at the moment, as his stars head off to represent their countries over the next two weeks.
When the international break is over, Tottenham are thrown into a difficult series of fixtures, which could have a big say on whether Pochettino is still the manager at the turn of the year.
Things open up with a trip to Hull City, which is a difficult game considering how well the Tigers have played against some of the bigger teams in the Premier League this season.
Pochettino’s side will then be tested to see if they can get over their Europa League jinx.
Spurs play Partizan the following Thursday before a home game against Everton, where a solid performance and a win are vital to helping Pochettino solve the problem, which follows Tottenham around after Europa League matches at the moment.
Make it through that and it’s Chelsea away, which looks like a frightening fixture for Tottenham at the moment considering the form of Jose Mourinho’s team.
So there are four games where Tottenham could realistically struggle and if they came out of the other end against Chelsea in an extremely bad run of form, Daniel Levy’s finger could be tensing on the trigger.
He’s in a difficult position because if he takes it upon himself to sack Pochettino, a new boss needs time to come in and assess the team prior to the January transfer market and the second half of the season.
Pochettino will maintain he’s safe but Levy has pulled the trigger on managers before when they’ve felt they have more time than he’s given them.
November 23 up to December 6 when Spurs kick-off against Crystal Palace could be the defining time of Pochettino’s White Hart Lane career.