Spurs fans debate how much Pochettino is to blame for poor form

Despite the emergence of homegrown heroes Harry Kane and Ryan Mason this season, as well as a Wembley appearance, fans at White Hart Lane aren't happy.

Tottenham's disappointing collapse in the race for the Champions League places has led to many supporters questioning the direction the team is heading - something that is becoming all too common in recent years.

With the Premier League heading into its crucial months, Tottenham appear have to let slip a position of promise within the top six, and after the disappointing home defeat to former manager Tim Sherwood's relegation threatened Aston Villa, they now find themselves adrift of those above them, and with less than six games to turn it round.

A HITC article debating manager Mauricio Pochettino's role in Spurs' struggles this season provoked plenty of debate, with the club's campaign, despite moments of promise such as the emergence of young stars, the trip to Wembley, and the big wins over Chelsea and Arsenal, have for much of the year flattered to deceive.  

And there were many fans sharing their opinion of the former Southampton boss in the comments section of the articles, with an apparently rising divide between those who think Pochettino is to blame and those that utter a warning when it comes to a change. Unsurprisingly, there were also supporters who pointed the finger at Daniel Levy.

E17ender highlighted a perceived lack of motivation qualities, while also suggesting a willingness to mixup tactics: Watching his interview after the Aston Villa match, he could not motivate me to make him a cup of tea. Lets hope he watched the Real v Atletico match last night, he would have seen two other formations he could try!!??!!, which might suit some of our older players better and was still pressing exciting football.

Steve Parcell agreed, pointing to other reasons for the narrow wins earlier in the season: This guy is praised by our fans for his "Project" but it all seems to be going a bit Juande Ramos for me. Other than the Woolwich and Chelsea home victories our standard of play has been poor this season. We have won games due to increased fitness and Kane, Eriksen and Lloris putting in 5 star performances.

Joe thought Spurs fans were too quick to criticise, saying: Same people disliked Harry Kane, Bentaleb, Danny Rose - in fact every player in turn. Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City Arsenal and possibly Liverpool all have much higher income so can buy exceptional players and pay a indecent wage to them. A in it together attitude and a boost for the team to try next season.

Marcus Higgins looked higher up the club's hierarchy for answers: Levy is responsible - the buck should stop at the top, it does everywhere else.

While Roy Singh said that most at the club should take responsibility: We have an Inconsistent team playing without any urgency. Not all are patriotic Spurs players. Life has become routine to most Spurs fans and they just have to wait until the bubble bursts. Player's, Poch., Assistant Coaches & Levy need to take responsibility.

Graylad pointed to Pochettino's apparent inability to deal with a struggling side, looking back at his time in Spain: It was argued it wasn't his fault that Espanyol were sinking into the relegation area before he left, they were selling their better, younger players. Yet when he did leave they rose to mid-table, a position they have maintained ever since. There's one common theme with Espanyol and Spurs under Poch, when frustration rears its head, his teams struggle. Not a good sign.

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