Former England defender Michael Gray told the Colin Murray show for talkSPORT what he feels is the main difference between Mauricio Pochettino and former Tottenham managers.
Gray suggested that the fact Pochettino hasn’t been sacked after missing out on qualification could mean one of two things in relation to the club’s chairman Daniel Levy.
“All of the managers prior to him have had that season where if they have underachieved and not got into Champions League positions, they’ve lost their post. Daniel Levy is not a man to stick around with a guy who has failed,” said Gray.
“Has he said ‘I’ll get us into the Champions League after a season’ or is he creating a platform and he’s been given a bit of leeway?”
If Pochettino did make it clear he wanted at least two seasons to get the club into the top four, before he joined Spurs last summer, it would be a remarkable show of patience from Levy based on the way he’s treated managers in the recent past.
If Pochettino is being given the time and space to create something at the club, then plenty of fans will be asking why Tim Sherwood, doing well with Aston Villa in a difficult position, wasn’t given the same treatment.
Levy, like many Tottenham fans, just wants to see the club in the Champions League because of the benefits, which were evident when Harry Redknapp took the club into the competition.
The club is impacted in terms of the transfer market and the extra revenue, which is created through broadcasting deals and it’s a platform, which allows the club’s players to improve in terms of their quality.
Will Pochettino get longer than next season without a top four finish? It’s doubtful.