Can Pochettino Survive Spurs Nightmare Run

Pressure is growing on Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino as his side crashed to their second heavy defeat in four days at the weekend. Losing 3-0 to lowly Brighton is a very poor result for last season’s Champions League finalists but hot on the heels of Spurs crushing 7-2 defeat courtesy of Bayern Munich last week it could be the final nail in the coffin for the Argentinian manager. 

The 47-year-old has been outstanding as a manager in the UK, initially with Southampton and with Spurs since May 2014. At Southampton, Pochettino led the Saints to 8th position in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season with a record number of points for the club. After joining Spurs at the end of that season he has led them to three Top 3 finishes in four years and the Champions League Final last season. 

One of the big stumbling blocks for Tottenham, of course, is that it could cost the notoriously frugal chairman Daniel Levy up to £32 million to sack Poch having given him a deal worth  £8m per annum for five years just over 12 months ago. 

Spurs currently sit 9th in the Premier League with only nine points from their opening eight games. Their position in their Champions League Group is equally poor with a single point from their two games to-date and a goal difference of -5! 

Bookmakers have reacted by quoting short odds on Poch being the next Premier League Manager to go with Paddy Power offering odds of only 3/1. 

Long thought of as one of the best managerial talents in the Premier League, these are very tough times for Pochettino although he is still being linked with a possible move to Manchester United. Whilst there is not currently a managerial vacancy at Man Utd the incumbent manager Ole Solskjaer is also under enormous pressure as results and performances from United have worsened in recent weeks. Solskjaer is currently favourite with most bookies in the betting for the next Premier League Manager To Go market.

By Rob 7th October 2019

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