Matt Le Tissier has critcised Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino for claiming that Ronald Koeman is reaping the benefits of his hard work at Southampton.
Pochettino was in charge of Southampton from January 2013 until the end of last season, and did an incredible job at St. Mary’s Stadium.
However, last season Southampton gained unprecedented success and finished as high as eighth in the standings.
Pochettino’s brilliant work at Southampton saw him get the managerial job at Tottenham, and the Argentine has continued to show his class at White Hart Lane.
However, recent comments of the former Espanyol coach seem to have ruffled Southampton legend Le Tissier.
Pochettino was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail: “We brought a lot of young players through and finished eighth. It is always easier taking over a winning team which is the case this time with Ronald [Koeman]. We came here and had to reinvent things.
"We always laugh about it because we left a team at Southampton that practically trained itself after a year and a half to come here where we had to recreate everything that we had done at Southampton, pretty much from zero, but it’s a great challenge.’
Le Tissier, who currently works as a Sky Sports pundit, seems to have taken offence to Pochettini’s comments and posted a series of messages on social networking site Twitter.
Interesting thoughts from pochettino today claiming koeman took over a winning team! No doubt MP did decent job........but....— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) February 5, 2015
Perhaps he should have thanked nigel adkins too then. NA last 12 games at sfc lost 2. MP last 12 games lost 5. Half the team then sold!— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) February 5, 2015
Come on MP credit where credit is due. RK has done incredible job dont mug yourself off.— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) February 5, 2015
Pochettino is not the first manager to claim that his successor is reaping the rewards of his hard work, and he will not be the last.
However, one must given credit to the Argentine for taking Southampton from the lower reaches of the Premier League table to a side who could have finished in the top six last season.
At the same time, one needs to consider that the current Southampton side is not the same from last season.
The likes of Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert were sold in the summer of 2014, but Koeman made some shrewd signings.
Koeman has made his mark on Southampton, and his signings have proved to be important for the team now challenging for a top-four finish in the Premier League.