Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has written in his blog for The Sun that Argentine chief Mauricio Pochettino will become a world-class manager one day.
It has been a whirlwind debut season for the 42-year-old, with initial league struggles followed by a surge up the table and a League Cup run which has resulted in a final showdown with Chelsea on Sunday.
Yet, while Pochettino’s achievements have been duly noted in the footballing community, the fact he has done it on a relatively moderate budget and using youth players is to be admired.
Tactically he’s astute and knowledgeable, but it’s his personality and ability to get the best out of his players which makes Redknapp believe there are no limits to how much he can achieve.
“Pochettino will be a world-class manager one day. Whether that is at Spurs or elsewhere, possibly at an even bigger club than he runs today, remains to be seen,” Redknapp told The Sun.
“What he has done at Tottenham is pretty impressive. This young manager has walked into White Hart Lane and been presented with an expensive but underachieving squad and has got the best anyone could out of them.
“He has blended those players with a couple of youngsters — the likes of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason — who have been brought through the ranks. And he has done it with good balance.
“By that I mean he has got the mix of experienced players and emerging kids just right and Spurs now have a formidable team on their day.”
Pochettino’s profile has grown considerably since the turn of the year but following his side’s Europa League exit he will now be put to the ultimate test over the next 12 weeks.
Aside from a huge Wembley League Cup final against rivals Chelsea on Sunday, Spurs are right in the mix for a top-four finish and achieving Champions League football would see his stock explode through the roof.