Poch on becoming the fourth-longest serving manager in England’s top four leagues

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is now in his sixth season at the North London club, leading them from the Europa League to the Champions League Final.

Spurs have come on leaps and bounds under the Argentine, despite their recent struggles in the 2019/20 campaign.

In fact, Pochettino has now become the fourth-longest serving manager in England’s top four divisions, which came after Jim Bentley left Morecambe in the last week.

Spurs may have won just four games from fourteen in Poch’s sixth season, but he did lead the club to their first Champions League Final in 2019.

The Argentine will be hoping to end the club’s eleven-year wait for trophies this season, although the FA Cup looks to be Tottenham’s best chance at achieving this.

Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester United earlier in the season.

Pochettino was asked if he felt old as he entered his sixth campaign as Spurs boss (Sky Sports): “In football terms, it’s a very long time, a lifetime. It’s a lot more difficult for managers now. You can work very well, but if you don’t get results, it’s difficult.

“It is more difficult to distract yourself these days,” he says. “In 11 years, football has developed so much. The working conditions are much more favourable, with so much more technology, so many more analysis tools and everything else. It helps you, but it also demands more work and more time. For 24 hours a day, you cannot stop thinking about football.”

On his relegation battles with Espanyol, he added: “It was difficult, but it helped me, when I was young, when I was beginning my career, to develop my qualities, to improve and to learn how to cope with adversity. I think it was an important part of my personal development as much as my professional development.”

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