Here we go…Again

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

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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6 COMMENTS

  1. "Their highest ever finish of 8th in the league is the club record to date." Sounds logical. Even better: "The onus is minacious."

  2. Exactly. Here we go again. How many false dawns must we endure? However the signs here somehow seem a little different than when we appointed AVB in that there isn't the stigma of the new manager having alienated the fans at his previous club and whilst his managerial career is short to date in his favour is the fact that he's done very well at his previous clubs with very limited resources. As good as or as good as we'd like to perceive Maurico the fact remains that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear. You can't, and as good a servant that Dawson has been it really is time to move him on along with the likes of kyle naughton. I'm still not convinced about kaboul either but would keep him over Dawson. Bring back BAE because Rose just isn't going to be the long term solution to the left back conundrum. I've only mentioned the defensive lineup so far asi believe this is the area that we really need to focus on because as the article rightly pointed out we got carved up whenever we came up against any decent opposition. Vertongen has to play in the centre of defense because he's quality and he commands the back line in the way that Dawson doesn't. We need cover for kyle Walker at right back. Quality cover at that. The midfield is packed with options so I'm not going to even touch on that. The strikers now is a bit of a problem. When I say problem I mean it in the positive. Adebayor undoubtedly is a very accomplished striker and he's proved it however echoing the words of one Gordon Strachan who I rate highly it's time for Adebayor to knuckle down and become part of something that's being built rather than just being a journeyman striker. Harry Kane is still young and his time will come but there is talent there. Roberto Soldado. What do you do about Roberto? If it were up to me I'd keep him because he showed flashes of what he has got last season. I think he could be one of the ones that benefits most from the new managers style of football and in that basis I'd keep him. IF we are to go in for a new face in the strikers department then I'd like to think that we have the sense to opt for Wilfred Bony over Loic Remy and Lukaku. He just offers more in that department. I read an interesting article recently regarding Lukaku and it said that he's like the hired sports car you don't mind if it gives a little trouble like not being as fast as you'd like or maybe not handling as well as something you've seen somewhere else but when it's yours you've got to keep it. And that's the point.
    Once again we find ourselves at the beginning of something new and we have to back this man as like no other but so feel that after all the false dawns that this appointment fits better than most we've had recently. Ideally I'd like to see us finish top four but that might be just wishful thinking but if we play the same brand of football that Southampton did last season and we really get stuck into the teams that finished above us then why not wishful thinking? Why not? Lillywhitetilidie

  3. Exactly. Here we go again. How many false dawns must we endure? However the signs here somehow seem a little different than when we appointed AVB in that there isn't the stigma of the new manager having alienated the fans at his previous club and whilst his managerial career is short to date in his favour is the fact that he's done very well at his previous clubs with very limited resources. As good as or as good as we'd like to perceive Maurico the fact remains that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear. You can't, and as good a servant that Dawson has been it really is time to move him on along with the likes of kyle naughton. I'm still not convinced about kaboul either but would keep him over Dawson. Bring back BAE because Rose just isn't going to be the long term solution to the left back conundrum. I've only mentioned the defensive lineup so far asi believe this is the area that we really need to focus on because as the article rightly pointed out we got carved up whenever we came up against any decent opposition. Vertongen has to play in the centre of defense because he's quality and he commands the back line in the way that Dawson doesn't. We need cover for kyle Walker at right back. Quality cover at that. The midfield is packed with options so I'm not going to even touch on that. The strikers now is a bit of a problem. When I say problem I mean it in the positive. Adebayor undoubtedly is a very accomplished striker and he's proved it however echoing the words of one Gordon Strachan who I rate highly it's time for Adebayor to knuckle down and become part of something that's being built rather than just being a journeyman striker. Harry Kane is still young and his time will come but there is talent there. Roberto Soldado. What do you do about Roberto? If it were up to me I'd keep him because he showed flashes of what he has got last season. I think he could be one of the ones that benefits most from the new managers style of football and in that basis I'd keep him. IF we are to go in for a new face in the strikers department then I'd like to think that we have the sense to opt for Wilfred Bony over Loic Remy and Lukaku. He just offers more in that department. I read an interesting article recently regarding Lukaku and it said that he's like the hired sports car you don't mind if it gives a little trouble like not being as fast as you'd like or maybe not handling as well as something you've seen somewhere else but when it's yours you've got to keep it. And that's the point.

  4. Optimistic ? No chance. And I swear if I have to suffer Danny rose for another season at LB the 2014/2015 side will be what finally pushes me to being an alcoholic :

  5. quite funny that you recognise Pocchettino took most of his sides as far as he could, when will the likes of you realise Levy has done the same ?

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