"Give Pochettino time!" - Jurgen Klinsmann demands patience from Tottenham fans

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Former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann says the club and fans must back Mauricio Pochettino.

Things haven't quite gone to plan for Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham so far.

The former Southampton boss made the move to White Hart Lane this summer, and Spurs were excited to see him get to work having led the Saints to an eight place finish last term.

The Argentine's signings were fairly low key, only bringing in Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli, and after wins against West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers to kick off the season, Tottenham appeared to be heading in the right direction under their new boss.

However, Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke City means that Spurs have won just two of their last nine games, losing four home games in the process.

That has led to huge pressure from the fans, with some already calling for Pochettino to be sacked - but former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, who was at the game against Stoke, says that his former club must stick with their beleaguered boss.

"I wish Mauricio only the best. I think he’s a tremendously talented coach," said United States manager Klinsmann. "Every coach needs time to put his mark on an environment, on a club, on a national team programme. Wherever you work, success will only happen over time."

"Unfortunately, professional football is driven by short-term results, high media expectations and high fan expectations and that often drives clubs to make very quick decisions just because they have lost five games in a row."

"If you want to evaluate the work of a coach then you can only do that over a longer period of time. That’s the way it is. In every other working environment you need and get that," continued Klinsmann.

"In order for Mauricio to put his stamp on Spurs he needs a couple of transfer windows to build the team he has in mind, to put the puzzle together that he ­envisions," added the German.

The international break should take some of the pressure of Pochettino, but he needs to find some answers for Spurs' poor form, particularly at home.

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