Ex-Tottenham boss Gerry Francis sees Mauricio Pochettino struggling

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Gerry Francis knows what it takes to be a manager at Tottenham Hotspur, and he fears Mauricio Pochettino is struggling to impose himself.

Mauricio Pochettino arrived at Tottenham Hotspur over the summer having forged a reputation as a coach who favours high-tempo football and one who places plenty of emphasis on keeping possession and being eye-catching in it.

Things started well for the former Southampton man at White Hart Lane, but the wheels have started to come off the Spurs bandwagon and the north London natives are not happy.

They jeered their side from the field on Saturday after witnessing an uninspiring goalless draw with capital rivals Crystal Palace.

Those boos will still be ringing in the ears of Pochettino as he readies his troops for a Europa League clash with Besiktas on Thursday.

Progress has already been wrapped up in Europe, but there are still issues to be addressed and Spurs cannot afford to take their latest fixture lightly.

Ex-manager Gerry Francis, who spent three years in charge of Tottenham between 1994 and 1997, fears Pochettino is struggling to get his message across and sees the inconsistencies continuing if the Argentine coach fails to get to grips with his star-studded squad.

He told Sky Sports News: “It’s a little bit strange. I don’t know if he’s struggling to impose the way he wants to play or whether he’s having to change the way he likes to play because of the players he’s got.

“At Southampton, they were a real pressing side, a lot of energy, a lot of work rate. Maybe he’s found that the players at Tottenham are different, so you have to change your style of play.

“When you look at them, I’m not quite sure what that is at the moment. They aren’t playing a high-pressing game now. They started doing that, it didn’t go so well and they have been very, very inconsistent, both in the league and in Europe.”

To be fair to Spurs, they have looked relatively solid in Europe, with a safe passage through to the last-32 of the Europa League secured on the back of an unbeaten run through their group so far.

It is at home that they have found the going a little tougher, with a run of positive results all too often followed by a setback.

They are, however, still only six points adrift of the top four despite occupying 10th spot in the Premier League standings and could fire themselves back into Champions League contention with a surge over the second half of the season.

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