Lord Sugar backs Pochettino to emulate one Spurs legend; 'delighted' if he copies Arsene Wenger

Tottenham Hotspur's former chairman Alan Sugar smiles before the team's Premier League football match against Blackburn at White Hart Lane in London on November 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO

Lord Sugar has hailed Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino greet before the English Premier League football match between Tottenham...

Former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Sugar has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Mauricio Pochettino can be another Bill Nicholson for Spurs.

Since his appointment back in the summer of 2014, Pochettino – who was prised away from Southampton – has sparked a huge progression for Spurs, taking them from a club with aspirations of a top six finish to legitimate Premier League contenders.

Pochettino's commitment to bringing through young players has been vital to Tottenham's rapid development, as he has helped the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane become stars for club and country.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino arrives for the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium in...

Not only are Spurs thriving in the Premier League, but they are also becoming a threat in Europe, having beaten Real Madrid 3-1 in the Champions League at Wembley earlier this month, and Spurs fans are rightfully excited about the club's current status and their future.

Whilst Spurs are still yet to win a trophy under Pochettino, it seems like only a matter of time before they do claim some silverware, and they can further show that they are now the top dogs in North London this weekend.

Tottenham make the short trip to take on North London rivals Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, and a win will take them seven points clear of the Gunners in the Premier League table.

Tottenham Hotspur's former chairman Alan Sugar smiles before the team's Premier League football match against Blackburn at White Hart Lane in London on November 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO

Ahead of Saturday's clash, former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar has told the Daily Mail that Tottenham's change in fortunes is entirely down to Pochettino, as he concentrates on youth.

Sugar added that Pochettino can become another Bill Nicholson if he remains loyal, and even suggested that he would be delighted if Pochettino stays with Spurs for 20 years – just as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has.

“It's the manager. Pochettino has put his hallmark on the club,” said Levy. “For the first time someone has spent a long time concentrating on the youth. A lot of the past managers I employed didn't spend too much time observing the young players. Pochettino spends time with the youth. He spots someone, gives them the chance, takes the risk, puts them in.”

“Pochettino has brought back the joy because he has taken young players and not necessarily done it with a chequebook. How long that will last by outside influences, how long it can be resisted, how long someone might attract him away... if he's going to be loyal to the club, he's going to turn out to be another Bill Nicholson. If he's going to turn out to be another Arsene Wenger and stay for 20 years, I'll be delighted,” he added.

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