There is a growing air of optimism amongst a plethora of Spurs fans towards the upcoming season. The appointment of Pochettino and the promise of establishing a brand of football that brings entertainment as well as results is an outlook that bodes well for the club.
As a Tottenham supporter, you could be forgiven for being cautiously optimistic. This time last year we were imbued with believing the team was going to do this and do that. In the end, giving away cheap goals in defence almost became mandatory as we succumbed all too easily against any quality team we came up against.
So what guarantees do we have that things will be different this season? This is what makes football a great enigma. That is because there are no guarantees. Not in this game. What we do have in Pochettino is an indication of purpose, style and substance. What does that mean? That is, a man who concisely knows what he wants, where he wants to go along with a roadmap of how to get there.
The advantage a personality like Pochettino provides is an identity of football the club can associate itself with. The rewards of such subsequent stability literally is priceless. On managerial terms he is relatively still learning his trade. Mauriccio only began managing in 2009 and we are only the third club he has managed. An interesting point of note is the remarkable veneration former players and members of staff give him. Both at Espanyol and Southampton you will struggle to find anyone say a negative word about him.
On a shoestring budget and constantly losing top stars, Pochettino without complain took Espanyol as far as he could. Contributing to the Spanish sides’ success in steering clear of relegation on more than one occasion. After some unsavoury results though, he parted company with Espanyol by mutual consent. Taking over relegation threatened Southampton was not a daunting prospect. He had overcome relegation battles before as a manager in Spain. After steadying the boat, Southampton would play some swashbuckling football, coveted by fans across the Premier League. Notable wins over some of the big teams earned the Argentinian plaudits from all angles. His win percentage of 38.33% does not sound impressive until you realise that taking the Saints to their highest ever finish of 8th in the league is the club record to date.
Another achievement on his CV is his proven gravitas in getting the most out of academy products. The Luke Shaws of this world will testify to that ability.
It remains to be seen who Pochettino would like to purchase to compliment his philosophy. Ben Davies from Swansea is reported to be subject to a transfer bid. Equally, a number of current Spurs players will surely get sold to finance our quest into the unknown. Sigurdsson, Dawson and Kaboul are some of the names being rumoured with exits.
In terms of success, a finish above last seasons sixth would be a start in the right direction. A finishing spot in a Champions League place would be golden. Marching forward with success in either of the domestic cups would not go amiss. Tottenham cannot hurl vitriolic reminders to Arsenal with their wait for a trophy anymore. Now the onus is minacious on the Lilywhites to reply in kind and win some sort of trophy themselves. For a club that has won a trophy in every decade since the 60’s, winning another honour should not be hastily resigned as impossible.
It would be unwise to expect so much so soon. At Spurs hiring a new manager is like a fashion accessory to Mr Levy. But Pochettino will be given the time to create his team though. Which is why the fans especially must support the players at all costs. We know the team can go far. We know the team should go far. It’s almost time for another campaign, another manager, in another transition. Buckle your seat belts and hold your breathes. Here we go, again.
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