Is Koeman exposing Pochettino's flaws with his success at Southampton?

Ronald Koeman

The Southampton boss is flourishing at St Mary's. Is he doing a better job than Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino did at the same club?

Mauricio Pochettino was widely praised for his one and a half seasons at Southampton. His success got him the Tottenham job.

But, upon reflection, as so often happens in the fast-changing world of football, things now look a little different. Both for the Argentine himself and Southampton.

For the Saints' eighth-placed Premier League finish last year - when they were 13 points behind Tottenham - seems to have taken on a new meaning this term.

That, quite simply, is because Southampton already have as many points as they did last season - in six games less under new boss Ronald Koeman. Spurs, meanwhile, are suffering a similar fate to Pochettino's Saints side: they are running out of steam, finishing their year with a whimper.

Has Koeman's success at Southampton, then, overshadowed that of his predecessor and potentially exposed the Argentine's flaws?

With a nine-point advantage over Swansea, there is realistically little chance Koeman's men can finish lower than seventh this campaign, with a fifth-placed finish still very much on the cards.

Pochettino, though, has been criticised by Tottenham fans for a worrying lack of tactical nous, an over-emphasis on fitness and a lack of adaptability. It can also be argued the Spurs boss had a better squad at his disposal during his time at Southampton...

So has Koeman outshone Pochettino and exposed his flaws with his St Mary's success?

Who's done the better job at Southampton - Koeman or Pochettino?
Ronald Koeman
Mauricio Pochettino
It's too early to tell
They're frighteningly similar
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