Former Spurs defender Alan Hutton has urged the club to persist with Mauricio Pochettino despite the team’s poor form.
A discussion on BBC Radio 5 Live took place on whether Pochettino or Hammers counterpart Manuel Pellegrini was under more pressure – where Hutton stood up for the boss of his former team.
Despite the club not winning away in the league since January and in the league’s bottom half, he said: “I think if you gave Pochettino time, he could turn it around.
“I believe there’s been a lot of circumstances [out of] his control at the start of the season with players and contracts, but I think if he can sort that out in the next few transfer windows, he can make something special there.”
One reason Hutton’s argument may not be as convincing is that Pochettino arguably had something special at Spurs, having been able to deliver fine league performances and their Champions League final in the past.
No longer can the Argentinian use their European run to justify the dip in form they suffered last season (winning just three of their final 12 league games), with a similar pattern continuing into the current campaign.
Therefore, it may be a case of blind optimism from Hutton, although something may have to give next weekend with Pellegrini enduring a run of seven winless games in all competitions.
With the side still firmly within touching distance of teams in the top half, it may not take long for there to be a more positive outlook at Spurs – so perhaps retaining the services of the man who has achieved more than any other Spurs manager in the Premier League era is the right thing to do.
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