Pochettino getting off lightly


Mauricio Pochettino isn’t being criticised enough for Tottenham’s poor run of form, according to former Coventry striker Micky Quinn.

We have suffered a drop of form in recent weeks and we now sit 16 points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Tuesdays defeat at Leicester saw us drop to seventh place, surely ending our hopes of the league title following back-to-back second-placed finishes

The article adds that Toby Alderweireld has been a huge loss but in truth the whole team have been underperforming in recent games, it adds that Mauricio accused his side of failing to compete with the Foxes in their mid-week game – our third consecutive away defeat.

And Quinn, speaking on talkSPORT, believes more scrutiny should be aimed at Pochettino after another slip in the young, hungry team’s quest for silverware.

“Pochettinho is getting away with it at the moment – he hasn’t been criticised for his team, he hasn’t been criticised for his management skills at this moment in time,” the Sports Breakfast co-host said.
“Tottenham are 16 points behind Manchester city, and we’re not even into December yet.
“I’m afraid their title hopes are gone and that’s the first time I’ve heard him out the players – that they aren’t aggressive enough and they’re not competing.

Quinn added “On the back of finishing second last year, where they not title challengers this season? They’re not even in the top four now!

He continued: “Pochettinho is regarded as a good coach, we’ve got a lot of respect for him and he’s brought a lot of English players through at Southampton and Spurs, but he has to win something this season to back up [his reputation].
“They’re something I can’t put my finger on with Spurs, and Poch has got to take responsibility. They’re just so far behind Man City!
“I thought they were genuine title challengers this season, seriously I did, because their young talent they’ve got there – Harry Kane, Dele Alli – and they’re progressing all the time.

Quinn concluded “But to me they look like they’ve gone backwards the last two games, Seventh is not good enough for Spurs fans, and they’re a bit quiet at the moment too.”

So is Quinn asking the difficult question. Does Pochettino deserve some flak for our form? Let us know your thoughts

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  1. Absolute rubbish, the real issue is they have punched well above their weight

    These are very young players were talking

    About, Eriksen has been poor in the creative department, Dele poor by his own

    Standards, Pochetino has the problem of a

    Low budget in comparison to the clubs above him, in my opinion a great Manager

    Who needs to be shown patience

  2. If something 'is' wrong, I trust the fact that a lack of pressure will only help poch keep a calm head and figure out what needs fixing. We're out of the title race 83926% yes, but there's a lot to fight for still. If we start creating a panic, these young players could be the ones who are susceptible to something like that.

    A lot of the good work done by poch was to allow such a bright group to enjoy themselves and what they do, while improving them every year. He knows there's issues that need resolving. Let him do it. Back off.

  3. Yes he does. He’s in charge so of course he should take some responsibility.
    I think we can all be grateful for what he has done and we should not forget that but we need to kick on. It’s not about finance and other clubs’ wealth but he has overseen many transfer windows and not addressed our squad problems. Many players haven’t been up to it either. We should be fully aware of how teams will approach Spurs games and have ways of breaking them down, alternative approaches. Not sure he does. Some team selections and lack of changes during matches have cost us too. It’s not dramatic to criticise just that he isn’t removed from criticism or open to questioning. It’s the same for any of us in our jobs, we’re all accountable in the end. He should be learning too and not making errors that we made a couple of seasons ago.

  4. Short answer is yes of course managers have to take responsibility when things go wrong but we don’t need the most clueless media pundit around (Micky-when can I turn the conversation round to my beloved Liverpool-Quinn) to tell us that. Poch is brilliant and I hope he stays for 10 years but his trust In Sissoko is mind boggling and he relies too much on the same key players. Also needs to abandon back 3 on occasions and play Son more. That’s it. Apart from that ….


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