‘I’ve seen this before’ – Spurs legend compares current situation to Martin Jol sacking

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, may have been at the helm of the North London club for over five years now, but Daniel Levy does have a track record of sacking.

Since the year 2000, Tottenham have gone through eight permanent managers, from Glenn Hoddle all the way to Pochettino (Wikipedia).

While the Argentine has lasted longer than the seven before him, he is certainly under pressure after the club have only won three games from the 12 played this season.

Tottenham legend, as a player and a coach, Clive Allen, has now made comparisons between the current situation and Martin Jol’s sacking back in 2007.

While Jol had a win percentage of 44.67, Pochettino boasts 56.2% and a Champions League Final in the past few months, which may be buying him some time (Wikipedia).

However, Allen claims that he is starting to get a feeling of Deja Vu at Tottenham, as the team has lost its vibrancy over the last season.

He said (TalkSPORT2): “You sense a feeling of, ‘I’ve seen this before’.

“Having been involved in the club on the front line, I have experienced it and you get to a point when you think, ‘I’ve seen this before, this has happened before’. It’s a gut reaction.

“I sat there in the stadium when Martin Jol lost his job and it wasn’t a pleasant atmosphere.

“And all of a sudden, I’m not saying we’re there yet, but you just sense that there isn’t that vibrancy about everybody at the club that there was last season.

“That is something we need to turn around and the only way that turns around is results, winning matches, that’s what lifts everybody and that’s what we need to do.

“Football is so much a confidence game and at the moment we’re lacking in confidence.

“Their last away victory was at Fulham in January, and that was a last-minute winner from Harry Winks. We’re nearly at Christmas and Spurs still haven’t won away, and we’ve only got to go to Anfield next weekend!

“The Bayern Munich game was as low as it could get for me, the nature of the result and certainly the performance in the last 20 minutes. The players know that and they need to come back from that.

“And Watford were very unlucky not to take away all three points… Spurs have got to get back to winning ways, however they do it.

“It’s all about confidence. You can see it. They’re not playing anywhere near the manner we know they’re capable of.

“They’re on the back foot, there’s no intensity. It’s not flowing at all.

“It’s the same group of players, there’s so much talent in that Spurs squad, but they’re not performing to the level we know they’re capable of.

“But Poch is hurting like all the supporters. I sense a frustration from as there is from everyone, because we all know we can play better and get better results.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I just don’t see Levy sacking Pochettino this season, no matter what happens. They are attempting to build something together and the chairman will stick with his manager, as the Argentine has stuck by the club.

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