Gary Neville said it would take Mauricio Pochettino two or three years to transform Tottenham Hotspur. He is well ahead of schedule.
It has been quite a turnaround at Tottenham since Mauricio Pochettino took over, and one which would receive even more acclaim if they could pip Leicester City to the Premier League title.
The Foxes' fairytale season has dampened some of the hype surrounding Spurs, who are seven points behind Claudio Ranieri's side with little more than a month of the 2015/16 season remaining.
Tottenham are in second place, and have shown a real resilience, losing only four matches in the league this season, which included a defeat on the opening day.
Their transformation is highlighted when reflecting on comments from pundit Gary Neville back in October 2014, just weeks into Pochettino's spell at the club.
He was speaking to SkySports Monday Night Football after a Tottenham defeat to Newcastle, branding the team 'weak'.
Neville was quoted by London24: "When I think of Pochettino at Southampton, a team that always seemed ready, they were always alert. You never thought you could catch them out, certainly not with what I’d call basic tactics like this [Newcastle move],
"And yet when you talk about typical Tottenham, he’s got to affect the culture at that football club and it runs right the way through it. “
"It’s what I think of Tottenham historically, never ready, weak, weak up here [in the head], and they have to change that culture.
"I think Pochettino needs to be given two or three years to run amok through that club to get rid of that type of attitude.”
He has done just that, and statistics showing how Tottenham have given away more fouls than all Premier League sides barring Crystal Palace display a cynical edge to the team which evidently was not there before.
18 months on Neville's comments look fascinating, because Pochettino has done exactly what the former United defender insisted the Spurs coach needed to do.
In addition, he is well ahead of schedule, and if he can just help Tottenham clinch the title, then a winning mentality will quickly be instilled as well as a strong one, but either way it appears as though the Argentine has 'fixed' what was wrong with the club and has set them on the way to success later, if not sooner.