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Tottenham fans are so right: Eddie Howe would be the ideal Mauricio Pochettino successor

Tottenham fans are so right: Eddie Howe would be the ideal Mauricio Pochettino successor

Tottenham supporters have been pretty upbeat during the international break having seen their side win their final three Premier League games prior to the two-week interruption.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with Cardiff City on October 6 having beaten Brighton and Huddersfield Town in their preceding two league games, albeit they were swept aside by Barcelona in the Champions League just prior to the visit of Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds. Nonetheless, the North Londoners made it three wins in a row in the league as an Eric Dier effort was enough to seal a 1-0 win over the South Wales outfit at Wembley, thus moving Spurs to within two points of top spot.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been taking to Twitter in recent times to respond to the rumours that Eddie Howe is the club’s number one choice to succeed Pochettino, with many supporters happy with that choice.

And those Spurs fans are so right to be happy with that choice, as Bournemouth boss Howe appears to be the ideal man to succeed Pochettino if and when the latter does indeed leave Tottenham.

Ultimately, the Argentine has done a terrific job at the North London club since his appointment as manager back in 2014, with the ex-Southampton chief rebuilding and making Spurs one of the best teams in the country.

And with three successive top four finishes in the Premier League, the 46-year-old is consistently producing the goods in charge of the North Londoners, even if he has yet to get his hands on a trophy in his four-year stint at the club.

Nonetheless, Pochettino has been touted by many to eventually take over at Real Madrid or indeed Manchester United, and while Spurs fans will obviously be hoping that that does not take place anytime soon, they must be prepared for such eventuality.

And reportedly identifying Bournemouth boss Howe as the man to replace Pochettino is a great choice, as the Englishman has worked wonders at the Vitality Stadium to thus earn a shot at a top job.

The 40-year-old returned to the South Coast for his second stint as manager back in 2012 after a relatively tough time at Burnley the year previous, but he has since reminded us all what an excellent young manager he is by leading the Cherries from the depths of League One to becoming an established Premier League club.

But it’s not just the fact that Howe has led Bournemouth to a fourth consecutive season in the top-flight this time round, and even took them to the top ten back in 2017, it’s the way in which he has gone about it in sticking to his guns and overseeing a team that play some excellent football – it’s is very akin to the way Pochettino has his Spurs team playing.

Many newly-promoted sides often seek to take a slightly more defensive approach against some of the better teams given the huge gulf in quality, but Howe has always wanted his Cherries team to play on the front foot and give the opposition problems going forward – they have never been the greatest team defensively, but they play some great stuff in the final third.

And that is why he would be absolutely perfect for Tottenham after Pochettino – he has a similar philosophy to the Argentine, and would no doubt seek to continue the fine work Pochettino has overseen in his time at Spurs.

Thus, given how highly-rated Howe has become in the last few years, alongside the way in which his Bournemouth team goes about their football, those Tottenham fans calling for the 40-year-old to succeed Pochettino are absolutely spot on.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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