Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has suggested the problem for the Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur is the same as the problem for other former managers at the club; they are never given time.
Pressure is mounting on Pochettino and Wright made the suggestion on 606 for BBC Radio 5Live, as a Tottenham fan slammed the performance in the defeat against Stoke City.
“The problem for Tottenham’s managers is that they are never given time – AVB wasn’t given time, Sherwood wasn’t give time – Pochettino may not get time,” said Wright.
Whoever is the head coach at Tottenham Hotspur faces the same ultimate task which is instilled on the club by Daniel Levy at the start of every season; get into the Champions League.
The Champions League creates extra revenue, it creates extra games to sell tickets and merchandise and it enhances Tottenham’s ability to get the best players.
The same cycle seems to be repeating itself.
A new manager comes in at Tottenham, tries to have an impact over the first chunk of the season, struggles and Levy pulls the trigger to try and maximise the side’s chances of getting into the top four over the second half of the campaign.
No one can argue that some of Tottenham’s performances after Europa League games this season have been poor, but the issue for the players is routinely playing under different managers as they try and achieve the same goal.
It’s a dangerous cycle because it makes Champions League football more difficult to achieve and Tottenham haven’t achieved anything by sacking AVB and Sherwood; they’re in no worse a position than may have been the case had either of them stayed.
Tottenham need to give a manager one single, whole season to get his teeth stuck into the club.
If what happens is similar to David Moyes’ ten months at Manchester United then fine, sack him but Spurs could choose to back Pochettino in the January transfer market then fight hard heading towards May.