Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock explained that he doesn’t feel Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are any better to the side formed under Harry Redknapp, when he appeared as a co-host for the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT earlier this week.
Warnock suggests that Tottenham are in some sort of transitional period, which he feels has been the case for years as the White Hart Lane club strive to get back into the Premier League’s top four.
“Sometimes a manager fits a club and Harry fitted at Tottenham I thought. He gave them freedom and you can’t tell me they’re any better – They’re in a transition period, but how long is that going to go on? Is it going to go on for another three or four years?” he said.
There is a very real pressure hanging over the head of Pochettino heading into that first Premier League game away at Manchester United.
He has plenty of positive characteristics and ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what Tottenham should be looking for in a long term boss.
However, Daniel Levy will want to see progression in the form of qualification into the Champions League for the 2016/2017 season.
Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood were both given their marching orders with Tottenham hunting the top four and although there are positive traits under Pochettino, whether he will get longer than this season if Spurs still aren’t a top four team, is doubtful.
The first step which Pochettino can control is assembling a good squad of players and allowing them to settle because Tottenham will forever be in that transitional phase if they are always making changes.