Spurs should wait before making Mauricio Pochettino their highest-paid boss

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Is it too early for Spurs to make Mauricio Pochettino their highest-paid manager ever?

With six Premier League games to go, Tottenham Hotspur find themselves with a chance of becoming top-flight English champions for the first time since 1961.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has played a big role in Spurs' barnstorming league campaign so far and, according to The Mail, chairman Daniel Levy wants the 44-year-old to sign a new contract which would make him Tottenham's highest-paid boss in history. The question is: has he done enough to earn it?

On the face of it, it certainly looks as if Pochettino, whose existing £2 million-a-year deal expires in 2019, would be worth every penny of what it takes to keep him in North London. He has done a fine job since arriving from Southampton in 2014. His signings - namely Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Dele Alli - have gelled perfectly with the players he inherited and it has resulted in a very rare, but very welcome, title challenge as his troops sit seven points behind Leicester City.

But what about when he has to replace the stars who have been instrumental for him this season? And that time will come sooner or later.

Building excellent teams at clubs like Spurs is all good and well until the manager is tasked with the unenviable job of rebuilding after bigger, richer clubs poach their talent. The current crop of Spurs stars might have more reason to stay in North London than, say, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric or Gareth Bale did, but none of them are immune to the allure of Manchester United or Real Madrid.

 

And all it takes is one departure to transform a title-challenging side into one which finishes sixth 12 months later, as we saw from Liverpool following the sale of Luis Suarez in 2014.

Of course, Spurs, whose best XI is perhaps better balanced than Liverpool's of two years ago, can expect to be handsomely compensated for any big player they may lose this summer or next summer, but the bottom line is that Pochettino, like Brendan Rodgers, is untested when it comes to replacing his star names.

Given that his most expensive signing in England was £12 million Gaston Ramirez, is there anything to suggest Pochettino is more adept in the transfer market than Rodgers when there's a big budget available?

It might very well be a preemptive strike on Levy's part, ensuring more compensation is paid to Tottenham if a bigger club lures Pochettino away, but what if they don't?

Make no mistake: Pochettino looks to be an excellent football manager, but so did Rodgers at this stage of the season two years ago. Two weeks after the 2013-14 campaign finished, Rodgers was handed a long-term deal by the same people who paid him a massive £7 million in compensation (The Telegraph) just 18 months later when he was sacked, and Levy must be wary about making the same mistake with Pochettino.

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