Journalist labels Pochettino a ‘specialist in glorious failure’ due to his time with Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

The Tottenham Hotspur board took the tough decision to part ways with long-term boss, Mauricio Pochettino, last November.

The Argentine was a fan favourite among the Tottenham faithful, with the fans singing his name in almost every match, both home and away.

In five and a half years, Pochettino managed to take Spurs from the Europa League group stages to the Champions League final.

Pochettino admitted in an interview to BT Sport earlier in the week that he would one day like to return to the club and win a title to finish the job that he started.

The 48-year-old’s words made some Spurs fans rather emotional and the reaction showed that the former Spurs boss is still a popular figure with many in North London.

The Daily Mail’s Joe Ridge, however, has now written a scathing piece accusing the former Tottenham manager of being a ‘specialist in failure’.

Recalling Tottenham’s two final defeats, two semi-final defeats, and their failure to win the league despite coming close on a couple of occasions, Ridge wrote: “Mauricio Pochettino said it is his ‘dream’ to come back to Tottenham and win a trophy..but the specialist in glorious failure had SIX big chances to do just that in his time at the club.”

He went on to add: “His finest hour as Tottenham manager also came last year though – the comeback win at Ajax in the Champions League semi-final in April.

“But the fact Pochettino’s best moment at Tottenham doesn’t involve winning a trophy tells you all you need to know because despite forging a reputation as one of the best and most likeable managers in the world, he still hasn’t won anything.”

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This is an extremely harsh assessment as it ignores the progress Spurs made as a club during Pochettino’s time at the helm. However, it is a fact that we failed to get over the line and win silverware. As much as I love the Argentine, perhaps he didn’t have the kind of winning mentality that someone like Jose does. He repeatedly looked to play down our chances and never missed out on an opportunity to point out that we were overachieving.

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