When Tim Sherwood was given his marching orders and Mauricio Pochettino was hired as the new manager at Tottenham Hotspur in May 2014, it would have been hard to predict that the Argentine boss would change the north London outfit into the team that they are today.
Spurs were struggling before the former Southampton man arrived at White Hart Lane, as they had gone through nine managers in the 12 years before his spell in charge and it would have been difficult to have imagined that he would still be at the helm five years down the line.
Once pre-season was over and the 2014/15 Premier League campaign got underway, fans were given their first glimpse of what Pochettino would bring to Spurs during his tenure as they got off to a perfect start under the Argentine.
Admittedly, it came down to a final minute goal from Eric Dier to pick up the three points against West Ham United on 16 August 2014, however, that did not appear to put many off of the new manager, with many pleased with what they had seen from him.
@SpursOfficial Poche for President ! lol
— nahdi abbas (@nabbas68) August 16, 2014
Absolute plus point from today is seeing Pochettino making the right substitutions, at the right time.
— Jade (@Jade_1882) August 16, 2014
Great start to the Pochettino era! #COYS
— The Name's Cal.✌ (@yo_its_cal) August 16, 2014
— Josh Wynne (@JoshuaWynne) August 16, 2014
Credit to Poch for his subs today, all of them were good calls at the right stage of the game, Holtby should start next week thou IMO #COYS
— DANNY THFC (@DannySpurs1882) August 16, 2014
Proper love pochettino already
— chloe☆ (@chloethfc_) August 16, 2014
Pochettino baby, Pochettino woahhhhhh … That was so catchy today
— Anthoulla (@Anthoulla1) August 16, 2014
Fast forward to the present day and it would have been difficult to predict just exactly how far Pochettino has managed to take Tottenham.
The Argentine has turned the club into a side that consistently finishes in the top four and are now more than capable of challenging for the Premier League title, although some work is still needed in certain areas to make that a reality.
He has also managed to turn the team into an excellent side in Champions League competition and their win against Manchester City will have put them in the driving seat for a place in the semi-finals of this year’s tournament.
In last year’s competition, he managed to mastermind an unbeaten record against Real Madrid in the group stage before holding Barcelona to a draw at the Nou Camp to get as far as they have in the current tournament.
The number of young players he has managed to develop and bring through to the first-team is also something truly staggering, including the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks, whilst Dele Alli has thrived under his guidance as well.
With the new stadium and his management style, Pochettino has brought Tottenham into a new era and into a side that could finally end their trophy drought in the near future. How well he has done in north London will have only been further highlighted by the fact that the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid have been keen to appoint him as their manager in the recent past.
With nine managers in the previous 12 years before his appointment, nobody would have been able to predict quite exactly what he has managed to achieve during his five years at the club.
Tottenham fans, do you remember Pochettino’s first game in charge of the club? What did you make of him then? What do you think of him now? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.