In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
In 2014, Tottenham Hotspur appointed Mauricio Pochettino as their head coach, off the back of his success at developing players at Southampton, as reported by The Independent.
It was his favour for high intensity, pressing football, along with his ability to bring through the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, who were sold to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, that attracted Daniel Levy to appoint the Argentinian.
The season before Pochettino came, Spurs finished sixth in the Premier League – what is impressive is that the club hasn’t been equal to or lower than this position once under Pochettino, while his first campaign is the only one which has seen them miss out on the Champions League, as per Transfermarkt.
This comes despite the club not having spent more than £40m on any player until Tanguy Ndombele was signed this summer, while no player was recruited in the entirety of last season.
It was his ability to make the most of what he was being given that led to the Argentinian being so highly regarded, along with the fact he was able to take Spurs to a Champions League final, something which was an incredible achievement for the club.
However, things seem to have gone downhill since that evening and his failure to replicate the aforementioned traits is exactly why he is being criticised this season, having already suffered a loss against Colchester United, been humiliated in a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, before being beaten 3-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion.
It has even been suggested that players are beginning to grow frustrated with the way Pochettino is going about his job this campaign and the mood swings he has shown.
Spurs currently sit ninth in the Premier League, are out of the Carabao Cup and have only managed to take one point from two Champions League games, indicating that Pochettino is facing his toughest period yet as the club’s manager.
He will need to rediscover the traits that got him the Tottenham job in the first place, then led him to excel in the role if he is to get back on track.
Will this be Mauricio Pochettino's last season at Tottenham?
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