BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has defended Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino following their 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday lunchtime.
Fresh from their trouncing at the hands of Bayern Munich in Europe on Tuesday night, Spurs’ torrid form continued with defeat to the Seagulls, as goals from Aaron Connolly and Neal Maupay gave Graham Potter’s side all the points at the Amex Stadium.
Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Jenas was critical of the Spurs setup as well as the players themselves – and although Pochettino was not completely cleared of the blame with regards to Tottenham’s recent form, the former midfielder felt that Pochettino had warned of the issues currently facing the club.
He said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best coaches in Europe – he’s proven that for a number of years at Tottenham.
“And that’s why I think, personally, that the buck lies above him with regards to what he has spoken about and what we’ve heard in all his press conferences, he’s foreseen this happening.
“At the end of last year, he almost kind of said ‘listen, this squad needs refreshing, they need motivating. I’ve got players with no contracts, I’ve got a group of players that I feel I have taken them as far as they can possibly go’, and this is it now, right in front of you – have a look.”
Few could deny Pochettino’s tenure at Spurs has been a relative success, but should that absolve the Argentinian of the majority of the blame? It’s one thing to suggest that Daniel Levy could do this or that, but arguments to that end could easily be applied to individual players – or indeed the manager himself.
The fact they got to the Champions League final amidst a terrible run of league form (that now reads just six wins in 20 attempts) suggests there is a problem at Spurs that has more of a psychological nature about it.
Can the chairman be held responsible for poor team morale? He’s just moved the team into a brand-new stadium, for crying out loud.
And while that may lead to financial shortcomings (with Spurs absent in last season’s transfer market), the results enjoyed last season demonstrate what is possible – and the chairman can’t be held responsible for what is going on now, on that basis.
So while more financial backing from Levy may come to Tottenham’s rescue in the future, it seems unfair for Jenas to deflect most of the blame away from Pochettino only to spite the chairman.
Will this be Mauricio Pochettino's last season at Tottenham?
Spurs fans, do you agree with Jermaine Jenas, or should Pochettino shoulder the blame for your current form? Let us know in the comments below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience