Former Tottenham Hotspur manager George Graham told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Mauricio Pochettino needs to have a big season with the club.
Graham told the radio station that he feels the expectations of the club are intense and suggested that Pochettino will have to satisfy chairman Daniel Levy over the course of the next ten to eleven months.
“Even though they’ve got one of the most exciting young managers – The expectations at Tottenham are very high and he’s got to have a very good season,” he told talkSPORT.
Pochettino has plenty in his favour
Pochettino is popular because he’s developed a team based around the home grown players at Tottenham.
While the side struggled at times last season, he deserves credit for strengthening the bond between the club’s supporters and the team.
For example, Harry Kane’s success with Spurs has been made all the more enjoyable for fans because he is a Tottenham youth product.
Is Pochettino under real pressure?
Levy is hungry for a top four finish, which equates to a place in the Champions League.
With a new stadium on the horizon, it’s a platform which will create extra financial strength for Spurs which is important for them as they look to continue developing and growing as a team.
Levy has not been afraid to fire managers in the past, which suggests he will pull the trigger on Pochettino at some point, if he doesn’t like what he’s seeing or where the club are going.
What should Tottenham’s aims be next season?
Pochettino needs to aim high and aim for the top four if he wants to preserve his job long term.
Anything below fifth place in the table will be considered a failure and if he can crack the top four, he’s got a good chance at longevity.
Tottenham also need to fight hard domestically with the cup competitions and also make a strong fist of things in the Europa League, if qualification into the Champions League via the top four becomes difficult.